What can I say that hasn’t already been said?
What can anyone say that hasn’t already been said?
We can send our thoughts and prayers to Las Vegas as we sent them to Orlando. While ignoring the smaller tragedies in San Francisco, CA ( 3 dead, 2 injured); Tunkhannock, PA (3 dead); Orlando, Florida (5 dead); Kirkersville, Ohio, (3 dead); Fresno, California, (3 dead); Fort Lauderdale, Florida (5 dead, 6 injured); Burlington, WA (5 dead); Baton Rouge, LA (3 dead, 3 injured); and Dallas, Texas (5 dead and 11 injured) all of which happened in between those two events. All of which are only the incidents that meet the strictest definition of what makes a ‘mass shooting’ event. A looser definition based on the number of casualties rather than the number of fatalities brings the number of mass shootings between the two record setting events up to over 500. What else can we say?
It is obvious that we don’t care. Our lawmakers don’t want things to change. The NRA doesn’t want things to change. The gun manufacturers obviously don’t want things to change they are the only real winners in this ongoing scenario. Despite our thoughts and prayers and tears we do nothing to ensure that this doesn’t happen again. So in another 15 months or less we will be here again.
We will be told it’s not about guns. Except it is. Semi-automatic weapons are not guns for hunters they are guns for killing people. Without the weapons available to him, the Las Vegas shooter would not have been able to do as much damage.
We will be told now is not the time for the conversation. Except it is. If we cannot talk about what caused a tragedy to occur when it is fresh in our minds we never will.
We will be told that gun control violates our second amendments rights. Except it doesn’t. The second amendment doesn’t promise us the right to own arsenals of machine guns for ‘home protection’. It promises that no matter who we are or our station in life we are allowed to bear arms in protection of the country in an organized militia. Want access to a machine gun? Join the National Guard.
The sad thing is we know ALL of this. We have heard it time and again. The evidence suggests that we don’t care. We let this absurdity go on week after week, month after month, death after death. If we cared, it would stop. We and our legislators would do everything in our power to make it stop. We seem to be happy repeating the same cycle over and over, ad nauseum while the list of causalities continues to grow.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I’m sure that will help.