Dec. 18 TalkBack: Laurens Street bridge, Gun control, Politics
Laurens Street bridge
I don’t understand the vehement uproar and disgust over the new Laurens Street bridge. I was born and raised in the Aiken area, spent my teens and early adulthood in Aiken and now visit often. The bridge is functional and safe. While it is not a work of art, most simple bridges are not, but it is also not the abomination that many have depicted.
This is about the new bridge. I love the new bridge because it’s safe. My granddaughter loves to go over it and say, “Wee! Wee!” The bridge is there for a purpose. It’s not a city attraction.
In my opinion, I think the way politics is going today, we need to go off that fiscal cliff and then see what these politicians are going to do to save their bacon and to take care of the problem they created. I’ll bet you that politics as it is today will change drastically over the next three or four elections.
Perhaps because the victims were mostly children, perhaps because it came on the heels of three other record-setting mass shootings, but whatever the reason, America is ready to replace sympathy and condolences with action. For the first time in our history, we’re ready to tell the gun lobby that we’ve had enough. When NRA spokesmen hit the talk shows this week, pleading, “Let’s not get too hasty,” this time, we’re ready to do just that – act quickly and hastily before the next round of shooters can claim anymore victims. This time, when NRA spokesmen hide behind the Second Amendment, we’ll reach behind it, grab them and hold them accountable. It is now time for a ban on automatic weapons, increased waiting periods and background checks for gun purchases or whatever measure it takes so that the next would-be mass murderer won’t have such an easy time getting a weapon.
So predictable, the liberal media couldn’t wait to jump to wrong conclusions, pass along incorrect information and promote their political agenda with the tragedy of the shooting in Connecticut. It’s far too complex to discuss mental illness, lack of support programs, the kind of medications, not to mention the cultural influence (have you actually seen some of the trash movies that our young people flock to see?), but rather, it’s always about gun control and even the idea of taking away our Second Amendment right to have them. No one mentions Hollywood’s role in promoting the culture of violence. No, the Hollywood types contribute far too much to political campaigns. No, let’s go after the hunters and recreational gun owners, because they are far more easy to suppress and people can get far more excited about guns than mental illness issues.