The past week's news has been almost unbearable, and I'm watching from a safe distance. Living in New York City, you get used to the existential concept of having a huge target over your head. But then there's that hideous incident in Boston (which I could not stop watching on the news). Then the poison-laced letters sent to officials. Then the Texas plant explosion. Officials from the plant had repeatedly said it was perfectly safe, and that if anything went wrong, there would be some harmless gas let out. Oops.
And today I wake up to the news that those gutless assholes in the Senate blocked the gun bill...background checks? You have a problem with goddamn BACKGROUND checks? I'm not going to change your mind if you're reading this, so don't argue with me, okay? Read Gabrielle Giffords's op-ed in The New York Times. Nothing says "expert" like being shot in the head at close range by a total stranger.
Maybe you think I'm a gutless liberal. But I don't kill people. I don't make IEDs and plant them in large crowds. Right now I can't get behind the idea of "healing." This week, every time Americans try, the scab gets pulled off again.