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COMMENTARY: Hate, shoot, mourn

Perhaps you hate President Obama

Because he won re-election
Because he’s a Democrat
Because he’s Black

Because he supports same-sex marriage
Because he organized to fight prejudice
Because he lived in Chicago

Because he initiated heathcare reform
Because he sometimes compromises
Because he sometimes doesn’t

Because he hesitates when he speaks
Because he’s weak on some issues
Because he’s strong on others

Because he’s confident
Because he has a strong African-American wife
Because his mother was white

Because his middle name is Hussein
Because his father is from Kenya
Because his ears stick out, albeit just a little

Because hate is always that ridiculous.

Or perhaps you hate President Obama

Because he called for “meaningful action” on gun control
Because twenty children, six school staff, one young madman and his mother were killed
Because the young man entered an elementary school and started shooting

Because he had access to semi-automatic pistols and assault rifles
Because his mother was a collector of weapons of mass destruction
Because she could be

Because the gun lobby is powerful
Because the mental health lobby is not
Because her son’s mental illness is scary

Because we hate funding mental healthcare more
than the shooting deaths
of twenty children
six school staff
one young madman and his mother.



Click here to ask President Obama to start a meaningful discussion of common sense gun control.

Click here to ask the NRA and Congress to stop blocking common sense gun control.

From Salon: Tax the hell out of guns, I like it.

Kit-Bacon Gressitt's commentary and political fiction can be read on her blog Excuse Me, I'm Writing and is republished by SDGLN, The Ocean Beach Rag, San Diego Free Press and The Progressive Post. She formerly worked for the North County Times. She is also host of Fallbrook's monthly Writers Read open mic and can be reached at kbgressitt@gmail.com.