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Straight Outta Flannery O’Connor

Betty Baucom McConnell said she witnessed the events from her front door.

‘I couldn’t believe it,’ she told KODT-TV. 

‘It looked like the wild, wild west. I couldn’t get my phone to work. I tried to go live. 

‘I didn’t know what to do,’ McConnell said. ‘The police did a great job.’

McConnell said she was enjoying a birthday dinner at home when she heard gunshots outside.

‘[I] looked out the front door and there was this lady in front of my house with a gun and she was trying to get in my daughter’s car and my daughter was at the door hollering at her to “get away from my car”,’ McConnell said. 

‘Next thing I knew she pulled out the gun and she got in her stance and she was shooting at the police and police was shooting back at her.’ 



Margaret Soltan, March 1, 2021 10:12PM
Posted in: guns

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3 Responses to “Straight Outta Flannery O’Connor”

  1. Greg Says:

    Thanks, Anthony Kennedy, for the stupid Second Amendment decisions. Together with Citizens United, they hugely contributed to the current madness. The money brought Trump and his fucked up flock to power by wooing and organizing very selfish, gullible and/or crazy people. The gun became even more revered as holy object in that religion. And, beyond it’s potent symbolism, it is practically useful in coup attempts, right wing political threats, and claims of individual “sovereignty” and so lack of ordinary accountability to society via government. (Despite “sovereign” individuals very profitable use of all sorts of infrastructures, tangible and intangible, that were built and only could be built by serious government.) Without guns-held-by-crazies threats, I think a significant number of Republican so-called lawmakers, would have rejected Trump’s stolen election claims.

    As for these carjacking kids, they are likely side effects. Who knows if the previous gun control regime would have stopped them? But when guns grow on gun trees, fertilized by gun-money, both the organized, and the loner, crazies have a much better, let’s say, shot at getting one. You knew all of this – just trying to blow off steam that I suddenly discovered increasing my intracranial pressure as I read this your post. But also wondering if Kennedy and a few others now have at least some regrets.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Greg: From Vox:

    ‘There is a disturbing reason Republicans in Congress are giving for refusing to break with President Donald Trump: They fear for their lives.

    According to Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), this is a major reason why more House Republicans aren’t voting to impeach [or, more recently, convict] Donald Trump in the wake of the attack on the Capitol.

    “The majority of them are paralyzed with fear,” Crow said in a Wednesday MSNBC appearance. “I had a lot of conversations with my Republican colleagues last night, and a couple of them broke down in tears — saying that they are afraid for their lives if they vote for this impeachment.”

    Tim Alberta, Politico’s chief political correspondent, found in his own reporting that “Crow was right.”’

  3. Greg Says:

    Yep. Had seen such stories.

    For-probably-ever armed minorities (in the purely statistical sense) have been very good at accomplishing very bad things worldwide. The implications for a peaceful majority require very, very careful practical, political and moral calculations.

    As for the elected leaders who caved: I’m reluctant to complain about others’ lack of bravery. Arm-chair heroism is the easiest thing in the world. It was legitimately frightening for them, and, in many cases, it may have been their families’ security that decided it for them. But they did want to run and they ran; they did take an oath to support a 200+ year stable government which, while not perfect, likely had more virtues than the next available thing. And of course they would call themselves patriots, somehow connected with the spirit of the original Boston Tea Party. Whatever you think about the historical event, those people took real risks for what they believed.

    And here’s the final thing: the people pressuring them are 10% opportunists and 90% bat-shit crazy. They are willing to hand the U.S government over to Q etc., in order to protect themselves.

    What for example does Senator flyboy, Colonel Lindsay Graham say to himself, while looking in the mirror? Never thought Trump half-way complex enough for a serious tragic play. Don’t think LG, or any of them, are. Last one was Lyndon, and someone wrote it.

    Intracranial pressure approaching normal for the time being.

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