Friday, December 14, 2012
I Don't Like Fridays
The latest, stomach-churning violence regarding guns in the USA resulted in the deaths of innocent kindergarteners. The world looks at us and cannot comprehend the madness as we, ourselves, struggle to comprehend it. America has a powerful gun lobby. But there is no excuse for allowing citizens to purchase semi-automatics any more than we are allowed to possess a nuclear device. The "right to bear arms" surely meant muskets and swords when our Constitution was drawn up; not the sophisticated weaponry of today.
Columbine, the "Batman" movie theater slaughter in Colorado, the Arizona shootings that resulted in the death of a 9-year-old and the shooting of Gabriel Giffords among 18 others (some lethal), and other fairly current events are rightly referred to, regarding the growing violence of shootings in America. But this contemporary craziness, where any psycho can easily get a gun, is probably rooted in the 1979 shooting by a 16-year-old girl (Brenda Lee Spencer), killing two adults and wounding eight children.
She said she did this because she didn't like Mondays. That simple. (Well, who dies like Mondays? Even Karen Carpenter carped about them always getting her down, along with rainy days!)
The Boomtown Rats had a #1 single about that incident, "I Don't Like Mondays," that same year, written by Bob Geldorf. Here it is. May serious gun control in America finally become a reality.