A gun massacre in America is no longer a gun massacre, but rather just another Thursday in ‘Murica. You know gun violence has reached a tipping point in this country when even the NY Daily News, not exactly a bastion of liberalism, majorly called attention to our gun terrorism in their cover for Friday’s edition.
Like with all these egregious but seemingly quotidian gun tragedies, each side goes to its respective corner and gripes; nothing substantial will happen until small penis pills are covered under Obamacare. But in all seriousness, no major (or minor) changes to our sickening gun culture will be made as long as Republicans (and some Democrats) remain in the pockets of the NRA. This cynicism and jaded acceptance of gun massacres was wonderfully articulated by President Obama when he said ,”Somehow this has become routine…the reporting is routine….my response here… at this podium ends up being routine.”
But it was comedian (and prophet) Bill Hicks who saw the writing on the wall nearly 24 years ago. During his Relentless tour in 1991, the late great social critic and irreverent comic absolutely obliterated America’s little gun obsession.
Here’s a quick sampling, though Hicks is best experienced when watched:
“England, where no one has guns: 14 deaths. United States, and I think you know how we feel about guns – whoo! I’m gettin’ a stiffy! 23,000 deaths from handguns. But there’s no connection, and you’d be a fool and a communist to make one.”
Watch the late great comic’s performance below:[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3WMx1blONU?rel=0&showinfo=0]
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