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This Week in the Narrative 68

Nigel Clarke

This week I decided to lose some weight, so I went to the grocery store and brought home every bag of Cheetos my arms could carry. I also decided I wanted to be a better person, so I picked a fight on the street corner and pushed an old lady out of the way in line at the store. Finally, I decided to strive for a promotion at work, so I skipped the whole week and didn’t let anyone know.

None of these things are true, I just wanted to imagine what it would be like to live under the current “conservative” mindset.

Last week, another horrific school shooting, this time in Florida. I will not belabor American gun violence statistics, as I am sure we are already all too aware. Not bad, the worst, would be an appropriate short form.

Some have suggested that in the wake of this latest shooting, a figure of speech all too appropriate in this case, the tide is beginning to turn.

A National School Walkout has already been planned for March 14, as has an enormous march against gun violence — March for Our Lives — for March 24th in Washington D.C. and across the country. A video of a man with a Second Amendment tattoo on his arm sawing his machine gun in half went viral and spawned the hashtag #OneLess.

Most interestingly, a number of large companies have cut ties with the NRA, a notable point for those whose ideology includes “follow the money.”

Yet the response of conservatives, including and led by, of course, the President, has been to suggest attempting to solve gun violence with… more guns.

The solution: “a teacher would have a concealed gun on them. They’d go for special training and they would be there and you would no longer have a gun-free zone.”

I can’t help but think of a teacher I had as a child. She was a quiet, compassionate, exceedingly small woman who had dedicated her life to cultivating young minds. Please, if it has to be done, let me be the one to propose her gun training to her, only because I am perversely amused at the thought of her pulling a machine gun out of her desk like Rambo’s grandmother.

Unfortunately, the mindset which leads one to suggest solving gun violence with more guns has become all too prevalent.

As Trump constantly proclaims his desire to help the American worker, to “Make America Great Again,” this upcoming Monday sees a 20-year conservative campaign to gut public-sector unions reach a final decision in the Supreme Court. Improving the plight of workers by dismantling their advocate and removing their rights…

Elsewhere, rising tensions in eastern Europe as a result of what is being called “Russian aggression” — this aggression the result of what Russia perceives as Western aggression — have led to billions of dollars of weapons sales from the U.S. to European countries. Solving rising tensions by doubling down on the actions which antagonize your adversary…

Meanwhile, in Syria, militias funded and trained by the U.S. fight the remnants of militias funded and trained by the U.S. no longer faithful to mother church. As Ivanka Trump visits the Olympics in South Korea, the Trump administration levies on North Korea the “heaviest sanctions ever imposed on a country before.” As the economy teeters, Trump deregulates. And on it goes.

I would just hope that the people making these types of decisions are not firefighters, because I would hate to see the results of the gasoline gushing from their hose.

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Written by Nigel Clarke

Writer and notorious vagabond. From the frozen north. Follow Nigel on Twitter @Nig_Clarke.

Nigel Clarke is a Writer for Progressive Army.

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