Casual Killing

On 2011-06-30 on the Washington State evening news was an 83 year old man, who emphatically and repeatedly said, If I ever see anyone in my house I’ll kill ’em. I was in Korea. I am not afraid to kill a man. I’ll shoot him. Nobody in the studio thought that it was in the least odd to threaten to shoot the gas man or a neighbour warning of fire. A firearm does an irreversible and catastrophic thing. It requires years of training to control emotions and make decisions to fire using standard procedure and reason, not emotion. Yet Americans send children, drunks, gang members, KKK (Klu Klux Klan) members, anti-abortionists, Christian gay bashers, skinheads, NRA (National Rifle Association) members (three carloads of drunk NRA conventioneers shot at me from passing cars in Portland Oregon.), drug addicts and 83 year old men out into the world, armed, dangerous and untrained. I don’t think Americans fully understand the dampening effect this custom has on international tourism.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)