My Blog Week: May 22 to May 28

Posted by ractrose on 30 May 2022 in The Latest

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Cartoon (rerun!) of the week: Coming Soon to a Château Near You







A Word on the Week



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Last time, I discussed how denial of abortion rights is the denial of full citizenship, in a democracy where every person is considered equal. Bodily sovereignty has to be a superseding right, where any other right might be thought to compete—as in issues of forced medical treatments, unwilling participation in experiments, or any type of labor that amounts to enslavement. In a free society, we’re used to the broad scope of mobility and choice we have; we don’t often need to debate precedence, when one right or pseudo-right conflicts with another.

Per Wikipedia, the “my body my choice” slogan dates from 1969. The pro-choice movement has not shifted its position, or changed the basic phrasing of it.

In 1979, in San Diego, California, a 16 year old woman killed 2 adults and wounded 8 children at an elementary school. The Columbine shooting occurred in 1999. There were (of course) others besides the highly publicized events, but the gun lobby and its politicians did not achieve any “hardening” of the schools, then or since. So far as I know, this latest shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is the first time they’ve used the strategy of calling for it.

They have never in the past complained that Critical Race Theory was somehow involved (CRT began in the 1970s).

Why should a position not be firm, clear, and consistent? What the gun lobby is fighting, for one, is the banning of assault rifles; or, if only a toned-down version of gun reform can pass, background checks and waiting periods, plus “red flag” laws.

The superseding right, for citizens from their government, should unmistakably be personal safety, in all public places, and the safety of municipal or county-level help—easy to contact and quick to arrive—in private places.

Contrast that with the wish to purchase a gun, which can’t be an emergency. No urgency can be assigned to it. If you woke up in the night, hearing noises in the house, you would not busy yourself online, ordering an assault rifle, asking for priority delivery. A commercial transaction is not a desperate moment of life and death. An active shooter situation is.

The argument can’t be made; hence, the shiftiness. Who can benefit from sales without background checks and waiting periods? Only those selling guns to an impulse customer, as at a gun show, or online. So who is really pushing to fight the most sensible first step in gun control? Not those concerned about the right to have guns, which is not at all under threat. Nor is the right to purchase guns.

Only those, it appears, who would find it a setback if Americans purchased fewer guns, or purchased them under more thoughtful circumstances; who would find a sales slump more important than human lives.






On Monday, Catastrophe, and the question of priorities and motives. Tuesday, The Mirrors, a disquieting visit to the basement. Wednesday, a new poem, “A Faint Hint”, with an unfolding ghost story. Friday, a new McAlley story, “The Tambinder Engine”, as the disturbances of “Drownings” expand around the globe. Saturday, a reissue of “Heroic Courage”, from the Eight series. 
Images on my posts sometimes have a link to related information (click first image), sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical, sometimes in answer to a direct reference. Since people can be leery about links, I include them here: what they are, what sites they point to.







My Blog Week: May 22 to May 28


Catastrophe (part twenty-four)
May 23


The Mirrors (part five)
May 24


A Faint Hint (poem)
May 25


The Tambinder Engine (part one)
May 27


Eight: Heroic Courage
May 28




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