I saw this display as I was on my way home
from work and went back on Independence Day
for a picture. Given the area where I live,
I'm not at all certain the man who put up this flag
and I would agree on anything except
that this country is in distress.
Yesterday, the city of Indianapolis lost another policeman,
a twenty-two year veteran, when he was shot
with a semi-automatic weapon by a known felon;
bullets from the gun were so powerful they
ripped through the officer's vest. This is the third man
killed in the line of duty and the eighth shot
in the past eighteen months. ER docs, who tend to
the victims of these crimes, see this as a major
public health crisis.
On the one hand, you have an entire culture of
villains with access to firearms who use them at the
slightest provocation. Friday night, seven people were shot
when one man became upset when another man
bumped into him. On other occasions, police will go
to the site of a reported shooting to find no
victims, but they will find a great number of shell
casings. It's as though it's evidence of
premature ejaculation, with the casings the
spendings from a violent ecstasy spread
all over the sordid alleyways.
And then there are the other idiots, the ones
who insist on their right to bear arms, as designated
by the Second Amendment. Well, that's another
fantasy, with those folks thinking their right to carry
a weapon will automatically render them safe
from harm. Hell, if they were to be attacked by a robber,
they'd be dead on the ground before they could draw
their own penile extension. In those cases, the attacker
would already have their weapon drawn,
meaning the "victim" would virtually have to walk
around with his gun in his hand and -- there you
have it, another idiot showing his dick.
In between, there are the normal, every day folk
who just try to go about their business
while walking between these two armed camps.
It is an appalling reality, with the flowers
and beauty of the season stained with blood
and intractable stupidity all around.