Gun Control and Terminal Absurdity

Gabby Giffords

The internet is full of articles and video from today’s Senate testimony regarding gun violence. I can’t read them or watch them anymore. One after another the witnesses, both sane and insane, revealed what is wrong with America at the depths of its core: the conservative-liberal schism; our propensity for violence in general and guns in particular; our devaluing of human life, especially that of women and children; the total loss of common sense within our collective polity; our willingness to stage these hypocritical kabuki charades in our legislative chambers, even as people are being murdered outside.

In today’s case it was beyond absurd: at the very same time that Gabby Giffords, herself a former congressional legislator from Arizona, was testifying with halting speech, the result of brain damage from a near fatal gun attack, three people were critically wounded, one fatally, in a multiple shooting in her home state.

I, for one, can no longer take it. It is symbolic of a country that has lost its bearing – morally, ethically, spiritually and in every other way.

I am typically the most optimistic person you’ll ever meet. No longer. The United States of America is certainly no longer “united,” and its “state” is now one of terminal pathological absurdity.

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 JOHN LUNDIN ( is a self-described “spiritual agitator” and the author of THE NEW MANDALA – Eastern Wisdom for Western Living, written in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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About John Lundin

JOHN LUNDIN ( Editor of The Democratic Daily, is a self-described "spiritual agitator" and the author of The New Mandala – Eastern Wisdom for Western Living, written in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and Journey to the Heart of the World, a spiritual and environmental novel written with the indigenous elders of la Sierra Nevada in Colombia. Rev. Lundin earned his Master’s Degree in theology from Chicago Theological Seminary at the University of Chicago, and teaches world religions and cross-cultural spirituality, and leads meditation workshops and spiritual growth retreats throughout the world.
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One Response to Gun Control and Terminal Absurdity

  1. featherjuggler says:

    I am so sad and ashamed. I identify with this writer’s former optimism. I still have hope, but am just disheartened.