This morning I've managed to shatter my own vow.
Oh well. Rules are made to be broken, or at the very least, severely bent. Vows are nothing more than a subclass of rules, and in this case the vow was made only to myself, and since I'm the one offended by the violation of said vow, I get to assign the punishment.
I hereby sentence myself to one evening without a cocktail, said evening to be determined at a later date.
My gripe is gun control and how it is obviously not working the way it's supposed to, and the screwed up Federal government that's letting the local, subordinate governments get away with this no-damned-good commie horseshit. Consider the latest news.
The Chicago Tribune brings us a story on the infamous 4th of July weekend:
10 Killed, 54 Wounded In Gun Violence Over Fourth of July Weekend in Chicago
Shootings over the long Fourth of July weekend left 10 people dead and 54 others wounded.
Among those killed was a 7-year-old boy shot in the chest during an attack aimed at his father, according to police.
Seven years old and he's hit by a slug intended for his father. Did his father know this was likely to happen? Are you freakin' kidding me? Of course the father knew, but rather than keep his son at home or let him go with another relative, he took the child into a gun fight. The commercial news media doesn't say if the father was armed or not, or give any information about the family. Any bets on the father being a violent criminal and a gang member?
Then 5 NBC Chicago brings a recap and a little more information in general, minus a few somewhat inconsequential items.
Nine Dead, 46 Wounded in Fourth of July Weekend Violence in Chicago
Nine people died and 46 others were wounded in shootings across Chicago this Fourth of July weekend.
Among those who died was a 7-year-old boy who was shot while watching fireworks in Humboldt Park with his father just before midnight Saturday.
Three things that the commercial news media carefully avoids, and which should be published and emphasized:
- How many of these people were shot by police, or shot in self-defense by a civilian?
- How many of the victims were gang members with a violent criminal past?
- Why didn't the alleged perpetrators obey the Draconian gun laws of the city of Chicago?