Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Art and Arizona

Snow day today for Jeremy, but I've got class this afternoon at Metro and Creighton starts tomorrow........

I've been able to do a bit of art this last week looking for some colorful escape from the cold and snow and sad news of the week and am attaching a few new pieces for your enjoyment (I hope!).

I have a few friends in Arizona who are mourning and consoling each other over the loss of friends, and acquaintances, and that poor little girl, and the life threatening injuries to their Congresswoman and other innocent bystanders who
were shot.

I've been perusing the news outlets and considering their limitless commentary and analysis, and I'll offer this: With 82 people killed everyday by gun violence in our country, how can people be "stunned" or "shocked" or find such occurrences "unimaginable"? Whatever the final judgments may be from people either smarter or more influential that I, that tens of thousands of psychotic, mentally disordered people, listen to violent rhetoric, crazy conspiracy theories, apocalyptic proclamations from AM talk radio shock jocks, TV "entertainers," not very "well regulated" millitias with their anti-government agendas and websites ( 2nd Amendment purists tend to not mention the "well-regulated" parts of said amendment) with vast storehouses of high powered weaponry, and snarky politicians talk "Lock and Load" and "Second Amendment Remedies" in a gun worshiping culture with ready access to automatic weapons is a dangerous mix...

I saw this morning that conservative Republican Peter King from New York may be offering some limited gun control legislation, and the large clips used by that psychotic killer in Arizona are the focus of some interest in Arizona, but I wouldn't place much hope there. The NRA gun lobby will fight tooth and nail
against any changes and they appear to have the power and ability to stop any such legislation.

But maybe there's hope that we will have fewer and fewer of these kinds of attacks and events. Reasonable people with immense patience and resilience will have to reassert themselves in our public and rhetorical lives first, though. Here's hoping.............

So consider the commentary and enjoy the art! And check out my Facebook fan page:

Bud C


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