It’s December 4, 2015 and time for Friday Yes or No. I ask myself questions that I answer with one of two one-word answers. This week, I have a lot of questions swirling through my head. I imagine you do, too.
Q1: Has the week just ended been about the worst week ever?
Q2: But is it pretty damn close?
Q3: Can you imagine how it must feel to be the loved one of someone who died at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs or the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino?
Q4: Or Umpqua Community College in Roseburg or Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston or Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown?
Q5: Should I go on with the listings?
Q6: But I could, couldn’t I?
Q7: As the details of the San Bernardino incident come out, does it seem plausible that one motive of the terrorists in this case was to exacerbate the already rampant anti-Moslem sentiment stinking up the U.S.?
Q8: If that’s the case, mission accomplished?
Q9: Is there a possibility the United States Senate, with the bubbly Mitch McConnell as ringmaster, is completely oblivious to reality?
Q10: Were yesterday’s votes against increased background checks to purchase weapons and defunding Planned Parenthood akin to a giant middle finger to the majority of people in this country?
Q11: Are the words “thoughts and prayers” – as in, “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy” – on the verge of making some perfectly sane people want to vomit?
Q12: Is there any goddamn reason why anyone who isn’t a police officer or soldier should have a weapon that fires bullets in rapid succession?
Q13: Is there any goddamn reason why anyone needs thousands of rounds of ammunition in their home?
Q14: Should your and my right to live supersede someone’s right to have a massive weapon arsenal?
Q15: Is that the case in the United States at this moment?
Q16: Does the National Rifle Association support terrorism?
Q17: Is there blood on the hands of the people who sold the weapons to the murderers in San Bernardino, Colorado Springs, Roseburg, Charleston, Aurora, Newtown and the hundreds of places in between?
Q18: Is this an embarrassing time to be an American?
Q19: Are we better than this?