This week, the nation was once again shocked by the everyday, as a gunman killed nine at a community college in Oregon. It’s the uniquely American gun paradox: how something so horrifying can be so routine. As a somber — bordering on disgusted — President Obama noted: “we’ve become numb to this.” In truth, this actually isn’t everyday violence – it’s more than everyday. In the 274 days of 2015, we’ve had 294 mass shootings. And 986 since Sandy Hook in 2012. The question is, when will our level of disgust be high enough that we do what’s needed to lower the body count? “If you think this is a problem,” said the president, “then you should expect your elected officials to reflect your views.” Until that happens, he said, we all bear a share of the blame: “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.” Will we rise to the challenge?
As I sat to write this my news feed was talking about the bombing of the Doctors without Boarders bombing in Afghanistan possibly by US led coalition forces. Just this week the directors of that medical center let BOTH sides know where they were located trying to prevent such a tragedy. The government in Afghanistan is inept at best. They are a corrupt and dysfunctional government who, according to the latest report, deliberately fed coalition forces bad coordinates to bomb.
I have a 17 year old son and a 20 year old daughter who do not remember a time when the US was NOT at war.
It is really time for a change.
A change of tactics.
A change of philosophy
A change in leadership.
I am a person who supports real and logical gun regulation. Background checks, registration, maditory gun safety courses. An end to loop holes. That being said, I cannot help but wonder if our current mentality of constant war has contributed to our violence at home (mass shootings, gun violence in the streets of our cities, domestic violence in our homes).
I hear people say, “the laws cannot be enforced.”
That is Is ten biggest cop out I have ever heard.
We at least need to try.
It has been 2 days since the last mass shooting. (Baltimore. 1 dead, 4 wounded)