It’s been 37 days since 58 people were murdered and over 500 people injured in the Las Vegas massacre. Nearly 900 have been killed with guns and almost 2,000 wounded since those 36 days. And guess what? WE DON’T CARE. I don’t even know what to say about the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas other than I am really angry. I don’t understand why hobbies are more important than lives. I don’t understand why people can’t be bothered to care enough to make a change. And I certainly don’t understand good ol’ Ken Paxton stating that the answer to gun violence in churches is to have more guns in churches.
This all makes sense because that one time that dude tried to blow up a plane with a shoe bomb we answered the call by flying with our own shoe bombs to fight back. When was the last time you heard that a plane went down from a shoe bomb? I am sure it has nothing to do with the CHANGES that were put in place immediately after that required our shoes to be removed and scanned. Nope, just an odd coincidence.
I am sorry for the people who lost their lives, I am sorry for the community of Sutherland Springs, I am sorry for those who lost loved ones, and I am even sorrier that we aren’t going to do jack shit about it. I’m sorry that we live in a world where you aren’t safe worshiping (for the Christians now too, the Jews and Muslims in the US already have been made to feel unsafe in their religious spaces) and that the one place where you should feel peace is now a place of fear. I’m sorry we don’t care enough to make difficult and inconvenient changes for the sake of saving lives.
Unsurprisingly, this shooting spree was at the hands of a white American guy with a history of domestic violence and aggression. Last week, Samantha Bee’s Full Frontal episode was on the connections between domestic violence and gun violence, and it’s worth watching.
This New York Times article has actual ideas for reducing gun violence, and they provide an excellent example of how safety measures have worked in the automobile industry. Also, Vox has more on the “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun” theory. Spoiler alert! It’s bullshit.