I’m all in favor of the folks in South Carolina suddenly getting on board with removing the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol; I’m happy to hear that Walmart will no longer sell stuff with the Confederate flag on it; and it’s nice to hear that the Speaker of the House in the state of Mississippi is calling for the removal of the emblem from the state flag.
Those are good — if not long overdue — actions to take, and I suppose we could praise them were it not for the fact that it took a massacre, not common sense and an awareness of history, to make them happen.
The Confederate flag is an easy target compared to what really needs to be dealt with: the rampant and horrifying ease at which people can get guns and commit mass murder. But no one seems in any hurry to do anything about that.
So until the South Carolina legislature, Walmart, and the Speaker of the House in Mississippi deal with that with such rapidity and surety, I’ll withhold my applause.