We Are Numb

The headline kind of said it all: “Has America become numb to tragedy?”

Sadly, that headline was from an NBC News website in 2009 after a mass shooting.

The mass shootings and killings just seem to pile up here in the good ol’ USA. We can’t even keep track of them, unless it happened to someone or somewhere close to us.

Here we are in 2017, CBS News asked basically the same question, “Are Americans becoming ‘numb’ to mass shootings?”

The answer is yes.

To be quite honest, the latest mass killing at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, got to me. While I don’t know any of the 26 who were murdered I’ve attended small-town churches in my life and the thought that someone could walk in and start killing people in their house of worship sickens me. It makes me sad for our country.

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Caught My Eye…

If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month. – Theodore Roosevelt

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary about today include Bump Stocks, Rep. Tim Murphy – Hypocrite, Political Parties, Cam Newton – Sexist, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and One More Thing!

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Tuesday Commentary: Las Vegas

Respecting the Second Amendment does not mean abandoning common sense. The right to own guns in this country must remain, while we also must strengthen our laws to prevent mass shootings. – Claire McCaskill

I’m skipping my normal Tuesday column, “Terrific News Tuesday” to comment about the shooting Las Vegas.

We saw plenty of “thoughts and prayers” comments and posts after the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

The President even took time out to talk about it Monday morning. He’s even going to visit Las Vegas this week because that is what Presidents do.

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The Wednesday Read: Flynn, Zinke, & Guns

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. – The Captain (Cool Hand Luke)

Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:

  • Trump & Flynn
  • Zinke’s Confirmation Vote
  • Montana Legislature

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Caught My Eye…

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. – Kofi Annan

Welcome to the big show to end the week “Caught My Eye” (CME)!

If you are a first-time visitor, CME is posted right here every Friday morning. This is when I take a look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week. I often throw in a touch of sarcasm to make you smile – or to irritate you just a little – maybe both.

Topics that I am providing commentary on today include Guns in the Capitol, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Obamacare, independent candidates, Presidential polls, Stephen K. Bannon, and much more!

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Monday’s Quick Hits

Expect problems and eat them for breakfast. – Alfred A. Montapert

Today I take a look at State Government emails, guns in checked baggage, Make Russia Great Again, Residential Snowplowing, National Championship poll results, and much more!

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Orlando…

Congratulations Florida, you just had the worst mass shooting in our country’s history.

Maybe that’s a little cold, but it’s the truth.

Early Sunday morning, 29-year-old Omar Mateen of Fort Pierce, Florida, opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing at least 50 people and injuring 53 others. During the shooting, Mateen allegedly called 911 and professed allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. (AP)

Mateen used an assault rifle and handgun to do his killing. There have been reports that he had been investigated by the FBI, which is another problem altogether.

Before you start thinking that “things” will change now since there’s a new mass shooting record, don’t bet on it. Our elected officials didn’t do one damned thing after a man killed 20 children (ages six and seven) and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school, so they will do even less since the Orlando killing happened at an LGBT bar – even if it set a new record for mass killings in the United States.

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