A longtime criminal accused of new charges who failed to appear in court in Minnesota and instead jumped bail and fled to Texas was killed last Thursday when he got in a shootout at a Texas car dealership with a couple of bounty hunters from Minnesota who were tracking him.

    A longtime criminal accused of new charges who failed to appear in court in Minnesota and instead jumped bail and fled to Texas was killed last Thursday when he got in a shootout at a Texas car dealership with a couple of bounty hunters from Minnesota who were tracking him.

    Yawn.

    That one-word reaction shouldn’t be taken as a slight or sign of disrespect for the loss of life and the sad loved ones and friends left behind. But it’s just that gun violence that leaves thousands of Americans dead and injured in the United States year after year after year and yet nothing is ever done about it year after year after year, after awhile it’s all just so…sleep inducing.

    Maybe it’s heartening to all of these “America first!” people who elected Donald Trump president of this country, because our gun-obsessed culture is so far ahead of the worldwide competition when it comes to gun violence that we’ve lapped the competition repeatedly.

    America first, indeed.

    This shootout with the Minnesota angle in Texas is just so typical. The most frightening and/or depressing aspect of the story, aside from three more people being blown to smithereens in a rain of bullets, is that the most enthusiastic supporters of gun rights will argue that needless bloodshed could have been avoided if only everyone at the dealership at the fateful moment – from the customers, to the general manager and sales staff down to the guys who wash the cars – would have been packing their own heat, permit-free and background check-free, and, therefore, been able to start emptying their own clips in the general direction of the malfeasance unfolding in their vicinity.

    When we were kids, we ran around the neighborhood with our toy guns and made shooting sounds, and we argued when our buddies insisted that we’d missed and, as a result, they refused to crumble in a dying heap. “I got you!” we’d yell. “No you didn’t!” they’d yell back.

    In the United States, it’s basically shoot ‘em up, cowboy style, too, when everyone grows up to adulthood, only the firearms and ammunition are real, and there’s no point in arguing over who’s hit and who’s missed, because when someone’s hit with one bullet or 10, it’s painfully obvious.

    In the Texas case, the bounty hunters anticipated the bail-jumper’s arrival at the dealership, so they showed up and waited - reportedly identifying themselves to the manager and others on staff as “federal agents.” They might as well have said they were cowboys. But when the suspect arrived, a co-worker of the deceased bounty hunters said afterward, he was “more prepared for a gunfight.” Well, of course he was. This is America, after all. Land of the free. Home of the brave. And enough guns to choke not just one horse, but every single horse you’ve ever laid eyes on.

    Do the math and it adds up: 1 armed fugitive from justice with a lengthy criminal history + 2 armed bounty hunters = a gunfight and 3 dead people. All in about five seconds.

    What must the rest of the world think of us, as our president scolds their leaders for their various shortcomings and other things they do that bother him and make him tweet... when he comes from a country with a gun violence problem so out of control you’d swear it’s a video game and not real life?

    By the time you’re reading this, much of this editorial is probably hopelessly out of date, because that’s how it goes every day in these here United States of America. How many other shooting deaths have made the headlines in the days since the Texas gunfight? Gang-bangers…jilted, mentally unstable office workers…drive-bys...robberies gone bad...children playing in dad’s workshop…upset boyfriends…police officers fearing for their lives…criminals desiring suicide by cop...

    Bang, bang, shoot ’em up.

    Yawn.