|NOT Everytown USA|
Mile after mile of steaming hot asphalt serves as black tributaries for blob-mobiles ferrying consumers to and from their prefab homes to strip malls and big box retailers that seem to pop out of the desert sand like colossal mushrooms in the middle of the night. Endless strands of wire hanging overhead holding countless traffic lights that blink from green to yellow to red as you drive, and drive and drive some more past glass and steel eyesores surrounded by palm trees. The mountains (on a clear day) to the north, the uninhabitable (so far) dessert to the east, the 215 to the south and the place you escaped from to the west. It used to be the "middle of nowhere" but now it's full of people - millions of people who call it home. Like most migration stories, the criminal element came right along with the immigrants and set up shop so what the people of San Bernardino were fleeing soon took over what they were creating but it still wasn't as bad as what they left behind in LA.
And so the Inland Empire migration story continues - from the 1960's to the 1990's to today. Immigrants, domestic and foreign, looking for a place to live, to be free and raise a family - speak their mind, pray as they see fit, associate with those they like and own a gun... wait a second, what? Why would you want to do that? This isn't Everytown USA brother and "we can end gun violence now" if we put our voice to it. No, this is the new world and if enough people "want" something then we'll just make it happen through Executive Order. The President has to do it unilaterally because in the Land of the Free the peoples representatives just won't violated the US Constitution so there's no option available except dictatorial proclamation. If only Everytown were like Germany - an occupied country fully dependent on the US Federal government for our safety and security. In Germany, you have to have a good reason for owning a gun because, like so many other parts of Hun civic life, there are sensible restrictions (for good reason).
The truth is that America - the real America - is filled to the brim with guns. There are so many guns in the USA that, based on volume of firepower and ubiquity, the entire country (meaning every town, county and city) should be in perpetual violent war with hundreds of thousands dying each month. But it doesn't happen that way does it? No, "gun violence" and just plain violence is localized in specific towns - Not Everytown. And Everytown shouldn't have to sacrifice it's liberty on the bloody alter of Rahm Emanuel's true religion of Progressive Power.
starting a civil war.