Nothing But Anger

By Bill Mefford, photo taken from the Facebook page of the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump loving mass shooter

Warning: this post contains curse words and strong language.

As I write these words, it is well past midnight the night that a white- supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter walked into a Walmart in El Paso and killed 20 people and injured 26 people. Among those killed was a two year old and an eighty two year old. Right now twenty families are having their lives ripped to shreds because they have lost people they love. Right now, as I write this, 26 families are awake and scared shitless because their loved ones are injured, perhaps fighting for their lives. Literally dozens of families - not family members, but entire family units - have had their whole worlds ripped a part because a white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter acquired numerous weapons, including an assault-style AR-15 and decided to drive from Allen, TX to El Paso and shoot up a mall so that he could kill a lot of black and brown people.

Right now I can’t sleep because I am seething. I am beyond angry. And there are so many people to be rightfully angry at.

Let’s start with the fact that the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter was arrested without a shot or any violence done to him after he killed 20 people and injured 26 while black men are killed for the most meaningless of reasons. Just to name a few from the past few years:

  • Jamari Robinson was killed by police in Georgia for refusing to open his girlfriend’s front door when the police knocked. So they shot him 76 times

  • Gregory Hill Jr. was shot by police in Florida in his garage because the neighbors complained about loud music

  • Maurice Granton was shot in the back by Chicago police and died

  • Jonathan Hart was a homeless man and was shot by a security guard at Walgreen’s for shoplifting

  • Eric Garner was killed by an illegal choke hold by Officer Pantaleo, who is still on the police force

  • Keith Lamont Scott was killed in North Carolina in a apartment parking lot

But the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter was taken alive and without a mark. Racism.

I am mad as hell at all of the ridiculous Republican politicians who repeatedly offer thoughts and prayers when mass shootings occur and then don’t do a damn thing to stop them. In fact, they are in favor of more mass shootings as the only legislation they offer up would ultimately allow people like the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter to have unlimited access to guns. These spineless politicians tweeted out lovely thoughts and prayers (that literally make me want to vomit), but we all know how they really feel.

Texas Governor tweeted out Saturday: “Texans grieve today for the people of this wonderful place. We unite in support of all the victims. We thank First Responders for their swift action. We ask God to bind up the wounds of all who’ve been harmed.”

But this is what Abbott told the NRA Convention: “The answer to gun violence is not to take guns away, the answer is to strengthen the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. The problem is not guns, it’s hearts without God.” No, idiot, the problem is too many damn guns! You have given Texans obsessed with guns - like the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter from Allen, Texas - unlimited access to guns and the right to carry guns - concealed or unconcealed - and it has resulted in 20 people dead with 26 injured in El Paso. Their blood is on your hands Greg Abbott because obviously there were people in the mall - which numbered close to 3000 people - who had weapons. But they didn’t stop the killer because the idiotic line, “nothing stops a bad guy with a gun like a good guy with a gun” DID NOT HAPPEN. It almost never does. The problem is with the guns you moron. You can shove your prayers. Texans need less thoughts and prayers and more gun control.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz tweeted out Saturday, “Heidi and I are praying for the victims and their families and grateful for the first responders, local authorities, and law enforcement officers working tirelessly to bring the perpetrator of this depraved act to justice and keep the entire community safe.”

Hell, Neither Cruz nor the entire Republican Party gives one single damn about public safety. Not. One. Damn. They care about power and that means they cater to every whim of the evil Empire - the NRA. Cruz is not only so committed to unlimited access to guns for US citizens; he wants that for people of all nations as he stated, “"I applaud [donald trump] for finally and fully removing the United States from the Arms Trade Treaty. I have fought against the ATT for my entire tenure in the Senate, and last year I submitted an amendment to prohibit its implementation. I look forward to working with my colleagues and the administration in unwinding the U.S. from remaining constraints and treaties that seek to limit Americans' Second Amendment rights."

Of course, US support of the ATT has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with anyone’s second amendment rights. Yes, Cruz is another moron from Texas. By his own words, Ted Cruz wants his legacy to be unlimited access to guns for the entire world. This ensures that his legacy will be millions of lives lost and tens of millions of family members’ lives torn a part not only in the United States, but for the entire planet. Once again, you and Heidi can shove your prayers.

Last, and definitely least, we heard several tweets from trump today. He gave his obligatory prayers - as if this guy prays for anything except his own welfare - then he he tweeted out, “There are no reasons or excuses that will ever justify killing innocent people.” That was when I knew that trump knew. He knew about the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter and his final manifesto where he talked about his hatred for the “Hispanic invasion.” Not only did the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter adore trump; he actually used trump’s own words to describe his hatred, which was the basis of his deadly rampage.

trump LOVES to talk about immigrants as an “invasion.” Check out these quotes from the mouth of the jack ass himself:

  • “We cannot allow these people to invade our country.”

  • “We are talking about an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.”

  • “So we’re going to be signing today, and registering, national emergency and it’s a great thing to do. Because we have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people and it’s unacceptable.”

  • “This is an invasion of our Country and our Military is waiting for you!”

  • “I was badly criticized for using the word, ‘invasion!’ It’s an invasion! And it’s also an invasion of drugs!”

And he says the word numerous of other times as well. He is committed to dehumanizing immigrants and playing on the innate fear that lurks in the hearts of racist white America. There was another movement that cae to power decades ago that did the exact same thing. In that way, donald trump is an early 1930s Nazi. I know folks get very bothered about ahistorical comparisons between current political or military figures and the Nazis who murdered well over 6 million Jews and others in their gas chambers. I fully agree. But before the mass killings began in Dachau in 1939 with 70,000 communists, the Nazis spent the 1920s and 30s creating a network of concentration camps as well as an entire ministry of propaganda for the sole purpose of dehumanizing Jews especially by repeatedly and constantly referring to them as less than human. Thus when Germany’s conquest of Europe began in earnest in 1939, mass murder became natural.

I am not comparing trump, or anyone for that matter, to the post-1939 Nazis or even to Hitler himself. That would be ludicrous. I am, however, comparing him to the late 1920s and early 1930s Nazis who were wanting to amass greater power by playing to the innate prejudices and bigotries of Germans and declaring a common enemy for all Germans to unite in their hatred towards. For the Nazis of the late 1920s and early 1930s it was the Jews. For trump and his racist Republican Party and his mindless, moronic followers - including the white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving mass shooter - it’s immigrants.

Yes, donald trump can shove his prayers.

Lastly, the politicians are not the only ones who can shove their prayers; so can all of the conservative pastors who continue to preach an anemic, pathetic, gutless, nationalist, navel-gazing gospel. They preach of an American Jesus made in the image of white middle-class men who wants you to be happy with your tax cuts, your fenced in back yard, your vacations to the beach, and your guns while not giving a single damn about people being shot in the United States and across the world by the single greatest threat to peace in the world: small arms. The gospel so many conservatives preach wants you to not concern yourself with the matters of this world; just trust in Jesus. Trust in Jesus and keep your head buried in the heavenly clouds focused solely on your own heavenly reward while gun manufacturers make billions and buy off politicians so that more white-supremacist, anti-immigrant, trump-loving, mass shooters can have their fame shatter millions of families.

It is really late and I am still angry and I just heard about another mass shooting in Dayton, OH (my God when will this shit end?) so I will give my brother, the prophet Isaiah, the last word. I think it is more than appropriate for the United States right now.

When you come to appear before me, who asked this from your hand? Trample my courts no more; bringing offerings is futile; incense is an abomination to me.

New moon and sabbath and calling of convocation—I cannot endure solemn assemblies with iniquity. Your new moons and your appointed festivals my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.

When you stretch out your hands, I will hide my eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not listen; your hands are full of blood.

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your doings from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow. (Isaiah 1:12-17)

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