Ninety-one percent. That’s what we’d call a sizable majority, right? Doesn’t matter. Not to 46 members of US Senate, who appear to be more concerned with re-elections and retirement than doing the will of the people.
Charlie Pierce, as usual, nails it: America is willing to be violent – almost to the point of encouraging violence – in order to maintain its “freedom.”
(I)t has been a week in which, by means subtle and overt, the national government has determined which types of violence our society must tolerate in order to remain the freest country in the world. It has done so quite on its own. It has done so against the expressed will of the vast majority of the people out in a country as expressed in the only way they can, now that elections have been determined to have very few real consequences in regard to the levels and types of violence that our society must tolerate in order to remain free. They have told the pollsters, over and over again, because, as far as the violence in America is concerned, the pollsters are the only people listening.
In case you’re angry enough to fire off an email to the cowards who voted against Manchin-Toomey, they’re at the bottom of this list.