USMB folks, Im literally stunned as I type this. I tried on another thread to have a real discussion about these mass shootings. I had nothing to do with political parties or that stuff. Just a real, hard talk about it. I just dont see how a country this great cant come up with SOME idea about mental health, better gun security, law enforcement, schools, religion, something to curb this. And RW'ers on this forum jumped immediately into nothing but talking about NYC soda bans, birth control, calling me a Nazi, talking about gay AIDS and butt sex, and all sort of other stuff that I truly dont know how in the hell got put into the conversation. It finally ended with a right winger, SniperFire, simply saying these mass shootings are "part of being free" and ended it with that, no solutions, no ideas, nothing. So...the right wing response is that while its sad, its part of being free and just deal with it as it happens? No. I dont accept that. I dont accept 20 kids 7 and under died like that, they never voted, never paid a tax, never made one political action in their lives, and we are told its just part of being free? No. Suicide bombins happen in Iraq, and they are not free. Its NOT simply part of being free. I dont accept that the heroic teacher Vikki Soto died for her class, and I have to simply accept it as part of being free. THAT is not what soldiers fight for us to have to tolerate. They fight so we dont have to deal with the kind of shit they see in Iraq. Cops go out and risk their lives so we can make fun of them for eating donuts and feell safe and night and now have to worry about facing down a coward like Adam...fuck him, I wont type his name. Fuck that. I dont accept that. I dont accept that this is just "part of being free". I dont accept that we as a nation have NO ANSWER to this. And simply saying "deal with it, its part of being free" is not an answer I accept, and Im sure millions of others feel the same. Fuck this and the people who carry out these crimes. Im tired of it, and Im ready to deal with it as a country.