Last Sunday, a candidate for City Council in Hopewell, Virginia
(a town south of Richmond), and five of his assault-weapon toting buddies
pranced around Farmer's Market in Old Town
exhibiting their military-style assault weapons
He did it, he said, to teach us a lesson.
His lesson was clear:
as long as Republicans maintain a majority in the Virginia House of Delegates,
this jerk and his sadistic buddies are free to march down our streets and terrorize us
by bringing weapons of war—used on an almost daily basis to commit mass murder—
into our churches, schools, playgrounds, streets, and workplaces,
triggering people with post-traumatic stress
and doing whatever they can to promote fear and panic.