Today’s the day all the gun-grabbers have planned for their big…day. They’ll be having their little events, wearing their orange t-shirts, looking a little bit like human Dreamsicles. And they’ll be marching their marches, doing their speeches, yadda yadda. I wouldn’t be surprised if the huge papier-mache heads turned up.
To pimp the event, The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence sent this out yesterday:
According to the Star Tribune, “In the first five months of 2016, 123 people have been shot in Minneapolis–97 of them on the North Side–compared with 65 during the same period last year. At the current pace, north Minneapolis will eclipse last year’s total of gunshot victims by late September.”
Let’s let that sink in.
At a time when Minnesota’s murder rate outside North Minneapolis has sunk to levels half that of Norway, and competitive with the rural west, the North Side is turning into Beirut.
Could we perhaps have a crime problem?
Why, of course we do. Seems like common sense, doesn’t it?
What’s to be done about escalating gun violence in the urban core? How are we to protect the families and children living in communities where flying bullets and wailing sirens are becoming ever more commonplace?
There has been a lot of finger pointing: at the gangs, at the police, at the legislature. As I stated in a letter published in the Star Tribune yesterday, the problem is multi-faceted and requires a multi-faceted response.
That sounds almost reasonable! Of course the problem is “multi-faceted”. Everyone knows this.
And in fact, for a brief, shining moment, Rev. Nord Bence almost sounds like she’s aiming for “reasonable”. She comes sooooo close…:
And everyone who understands that we can protect gun rights…
…before making the inevitable detour into loopdieland:
…without handing over our right to live in safe communities to the gun lobby, and that common sense gun regulation is absolutely necessary and long overdue, and that what is really lacking is not the knowledge of how to solve the problem of gun violence, but the courage to do so.
And right there, my bemusement and, let’s be honest, mild mockery turned into toxic disgust. Behind that Dreamsicle Orange is a toxic hatred.
People are dying. Children are afraid to play outside. Near North is a shooting gallery.
And after disclaiming “finger pointing” at gangs, cops or politics, The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence wants to blame it on “the gun lobby?”
What she’s saying is “people – mostly (but far from all) who live in places where the crime rates are plummeting as the number of legal gun owners soars – standing up for their Second Amendment rights is what is killing people in North Minneapolis”.
The Rev. Nord Bence is using those bleeding, broken, largely black bodies to take a smug, dim whack at the “gun lobby” – which, in Minnesota, is “Minnesotans”.
In her own way, The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence may be an even more toxic, irrational figure than Heather Martens; behind Heather Martens’ comical uninfored bumbling was a non-profiteer who really didn’t know what she was doing; behind the Reverend Nord Bence’s ELCA hair and veneer of reason is toxic bigotry.