Friday, November 29, 2013

* Ritualizing Violence

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After watching the four-hour replay of the JFK funeral yesterday on CSPAN (50 years after the event) I am amazed at how even Mrs. Kennedy requested that the Irish Honor Guard perform its firearm choreography at the funeral, ten yards from her family and herself, so recently traumatized by a rifle's bullets.

In the intervening fifty years, individuals wielding firearms have taken from our midst not only her brother-in-law, Sen. Robert Kennedy,but also  Martin Luther King, Jr., the Kent  State Four, and the Virginia Tech students, and the Sandy Hook babes, among others.

Are we hopelessly addicted to the glamour of ritualized violence?

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