NumbEditorial, Latest Issue, Top Highlights Thursday, November 9th, 2017
I was talking to my brother the other day about the recent mass shooting outside of Sutherland Springs, Texas and we were discussing how America has become numb to gun related mass killings. Instead of being horrified, we now ask, “How many people died”?
Isn’t that a tragic commentary on American society? I am sure my brother and I are not alone in the way we react to mass gun killings. Remember in 1999 when the Columbine High School massacre was a shocking event. The world and America literally stopped. Not anymore.
The Las Vegas shooting was notable because it was the largest gun massacre in U.S. history killing 59 people and wounding another 527 people. Pulse Nightclub had significance for most in the LGBT community, at the time it was the most ever killed with 49 dead. Virginia Tech 32 dead. Sandy Hook 26 dead, 20 were children. Unfortunately, some are significant because they have racial overtones like the nine African Americans killed by a white racist in Charleston, South Carolina.
Everyone always wants to figure out why people perpetrate these killings? Does it matter if we can’t do anything to stop them? The killer was fighting with his wife or co-worker. He was depressed. Does motive matter if we can’t do anything about it?
The killer in Las Vegas had lost a fortune gambling over the last two years and was depressed. How do we connect the dots that he was going to rent a tower suite and shoot almost 600 people in an enclosed concert space? We can’t.
The only logical alternative is to control access to guns. President Trump has said that the killings in Sutherland Springs were the result of a “mental health problem at the highest level,” and it had nothing to do with his access to guns. Trump said, “This isn’t a guns situation.” (sic)
Then why did Trump roll back Obama protections to prevent the mentally ill from getting guns? I am beginning to believe that most of the American public don’t care, feel hopeless to change the situation or agree with the president. Each situation presents its own set of problems.
Unless you are a sociopath, you should have empathy for the victims. I understand that some feel they cannot do anything, but they can. Just for one election become a one issue voter and only vote for candidates that tout gun control. That’s what those who support the NRA do every election cycle. The ones that agree with Trump.
While there are many great things about America, our gun violence is not one of them. Sometimes I know why so many Americans like Canada so much. All the benefits of America, none of the violence.
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