Why can’t we get along?

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June 14, 2017 7:27 PM

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It is so touching to hear denunciations of violence and calls for unity from men who owe their positions of power to gun trafficking, militarism, sabotage of environmental and personal health and religious, racial and national divisiveness.

Perhaps now they’ll examine whether there might be room within their broad definition of the Second Amendment for keeping combat-grade weapons away from people who have no beneficial use for them.

Perhaps they’ll look first to their own houses, starting with the White House, as they plead for an end to this adversarial rhetoric that’s just gotten oh-so out of hand.

Convenient as it may be for conservatives to nail a Bernie Sanders volunteer for the assassination attempt on a Congressman that wounded five people on Wednesday, the fact is that Sanders’ fiery campaign oratory was honest populism and never descended to the level of fear- and ignorance-mongering that was a staple of the Donald Trump campaign and the typical GOP primary.

It’s just not everybody’s fault. It is not Democrats, compromised as they may be by corporate interests and given as some are to venting understandable minority rage, who stand by and wink at violence — violence by gunfire and violence by social policy — until it hits their happy retreat. And it’s not all of us standing together as one when a president who has enthusiastically made himself hated coast to coast proclaims love.

Now is the time, our leaders and our mainstream news media alike declare, when we say no to violence. That goes down a lot easier than Malcolm X’s “chickens coming home to roost” after an assassination in 1963. Well, maybe they came home to roost for Malcolm as well, two years later. I’d suggest it happened to an NRA-friendly Congressman just this week; but I’d hate to be accused of politicizing the tragedy that has bonded us all.

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