News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 11, 2013

RONN MOTT: “This Bloody Land”

Ronn Mott
Special to the Tribune-Star

---- — This bloody land! This bloody land! From mountains high to valleys low to deserts to swamps to the rivers and the fertile plains of this bloody land.  

When I was two or three, my parents walked down to the highway bridge over Little Vermillion Creek in Newport. They were looking at a spot where a log jam had built a kind of raft over the running water. It was there that “Big Joe” had been killed. Evidently, after a night of drinking and card playing, Big Joe and a companion ended up in a bloody fight. Big Joe died. (I don’t remember the exact story but it was a big event. After all, a murder was something you didn’t see every day.)

Now, every day, more than one time a day, someone is killed in America. The blood flows, the sirens roar, and another person is counted as dead. It happens so often we don’t even stop to pause … we just roll on with our lives. Maybe if we ignore it, the blood will not soak in. Maybe it never happened.

In Texas, a lady went to her door and a man, or men, shoved their way in, killed her, and then killed her husband. He was the District Attorney of the county. (His ADA had been killed a few weeks earlier.)

Then there’s the head of prisons in Colorado who went to the door and was shot dead for his efforts. The shooter, who evidently had killed a pizza delivery person, would himself be killed by Texas police. These are stories that make the news networks. “60 Minutes” had parents of the Sandy Hook school smassacre at Newtown, Conn. I couldn’t bear to watch. The lesson was too hard for even me to watch because I, too, lost a child long before her time.

For those who will not allow their “bought” congressman an opportunity to vote their conscience, let them know that some of us will not be forgetting or forgiving them. The NRA and their congressional stooges can say and do whatever, but it does not take a super intelligent person to realize they do not care about gun safety, children’s safety, or safety of any kind. They are only interested in the political power of ammunition and gun manufacturers, and the money they give and the power that awards them.

It has been a long time, a very long time, since our Congress was not bought and sold on various issues. But, trust me, this bloody land will not take much more before there is retribution and, hopefully, those with the bloody hands can wash it off. This bloody land needs it.

Ronn Mott, a longtime radio personality in Terre Haute, writes commentaries for the Tribune-Star. His pieces are published online Tuesday and Thursday on, and in the print and online editions on Saturday.