The U.S. was just downgraded from a “Full” to “Flawed Democracy.”
You can thank President Porn-Star Shagger, the one who praised a murderous North Korean dictator and insulted our closest ally, Canada.
I had a bloggy friend who was an American expat in Rome. For some reason he used his bloggy time to promote the now defunct blog, mikeb302000.blogspot.com.It was a fun place to take on gun guys because Mike had a certain amount of credibility when it came to guns. I talked to right-wing gun guys about issues. Assault rifles. Lead in ammunition. Shooting ranges. Black Lives Matter. The most important was Trayvon Martin. The take away was that these were honest exchanges presented with respect. Something that was pretty rare even five years ago.What brought this to mind was the idea of America being mostly associated with the gun. Mike posted a video by David Bowie entitled, "I'm Afraid of Americans"I wonder where it will happen next. I always thought that I was safe from Al Qaeda since the September 11th guys all lived here while they were training for the attack. It's only a matter of time before the next mass shooting or school shooting. But nothing will change anytime soon. I'm waiting for Donald Trump to offer a cabinet level post to Wayne LaPierre or Kid Rock. Czar of School Safety? Other people are better with titles. Trump is pretty good with bumper sticker mentality slogans.Thank you for keeping on keeping on.Blessings.
FJ,Thank you for your comment. I remember that blog you wrote about because I visited it once in a while. My European friends associate America with guns. Guns everywhere, and they are puzzled by the "greatest nation" on Earth's inability to solve the problem of mass murders by firearms. Other countries were able to act on this problem, we don't. Maybe the young people who've spoken up this time will be part of the solution? I hope so.
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