That moment

When you have a post running through your head but know that it is probably not going to be popular.

The post is about shootings in America.

You know when Sandy Hook happened less than 6 years ago, the world was outraged, I remember the outrage amongst my friends, the sadness and the wonder as to why this had happened.

I think Sandy Hook was one of the first mass shootings, which made me aware that there could be a problem in the USA, I knew there had been some before but Sandy Hook was not only shocking it was the first mass shooting after I had my son, so I was more aware of things going on in the world.

Then came the shootings in the Navel Yard, An attack in San Bernardino, Umpqua community collage and Orlando. There were probably more in between all of these

Each time, I found out about the shootings from friends on facebook before the news, each time there was shock and sadness. The question how could this type of thing happen? What can be done to change it?

When Las Vegas happened, there seemed to be a shift in attitude, rather than the question how could this happen, it seemed to be why does this keep happening? Why is no one doing anything?

When Sutherland happened, I remember seeing a quote from someone on a news forum, which was if the US Government cared, it would of changed the gun laws when Sandy Hook happened, this is going to keep happening. It certainly seemed like a shift was happening in attitudes, people around the world, were no longer being surprised and shocked, it was more a weary attitude of oh its happened again.

I am in no way, diminishing the feeling of loss and sadness that people who lost someone felt. But the simple fact is if nothing has changed, you can’t expect a different outcome.

This attitude really hit me, during this latest mass shooting, none of my friends posted about it on facebook, there were so little posts on wordpress about it. This attack, which is the worst to have happened on school grounds, registered so little on everyones radar it was like, right its happened again then.

7 weeks into 2018 and the US has had 8 school shootings, there have been a total of 30 mass shootings. In 2017 there was 346 mass shootings, that is nearly 1 a day. A mass shooting is considered as such when four people die.

I hate to be a broken record, but the UK had one mass shooting, we put much stricter gun control laws in place and there hasn’t been another one since. Australia is the same. One mass shooting and stricter gun control laws were put in. It seems like a no brainer.

Is the gun culture so massive in the US that the government won’t even consider making getting a gun slightly more difficult that getting a driving license?

How many more people are going to have to die, before someone steps up and say this is enough, we have had too many of our children die, this needs to stop. Or do we just wait for another shooting to happen, the President to come out and say our hopes and prayers are with the families and then continue on with their day without another thought on how to stop it.

The definition of insanity is, doing the exact same fucking thing over and over again, expecting shit to change. That. Is. Crazy.

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32 Responses to That moment

  1. renxkyoko says:

    You can checkout how much money the NRA ( National Rifle Association aka gun manufacturers) contributes to Republican candidates. Gun control advocates always lose. It’s almost a war, and the victims are just collateral damage.

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  2. Darlene says:

    Completely agree. I am sickened by this attitude. I thought by now they would have caught on. Instead, they stick their head in the sand.

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  3. Well said. All I’ll say is follow The money. And that trail leads directly to the NRA and then into politicians’ pockets. It’s sad, and my wife and I have actually discussed moving out of the country. This isn’t the US that I know and love anymore. 😠

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    • I did debate whether to post this, as what right do I have to comment on another country’s right of way, but the way its going, I would honestly debate sending my child to school if I was in the USA and I don’t know how anyone is going to make it right, the power is all with the politicians and while I am not saying go as extreme as the UK or Australia, put in something where it is more difficult to get a gun that birth control.

      I hope you come to a decision, I feel for the people of the USA

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      • It’s maddening. And all those flickers coming out yesterday and saying “let’s not politicize the gun issue, it’s a mental health issue” is bullshit. They don’t want to piss off the the NRA because they donate MILLIONS to buy these assholes, yet they’ll cut funding for social services that help treat mental health issues. They fucking suck and they’re gonna have a revolution on their hands soon. People aren’t buying their bullshit anymore. I hope every last one of them is voted out asap! Pisses me off royally. 😠😠

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      • I wasn’t impressed with the fact mental health is being used. Didn’t Trump do something with the gun laws to make it easier for people with mental health issues to buy guns?

        I think the problem is with all politicians at the moment is people are getting sick of them in all countries, we are sick of being downtrodden and getting poorer, while the rich are making the decisions to get richer. We have another 5 years unless another general election is called and then hopefully a new party will come through, cause the parties we have at the moment are all crap

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      • Ours are too, but I’m sorry, the Republicans are out of control. If they had their way, we’d all be white, gun toting, religious fanatics. They seem to want some sort of puritanical society where only those with no issues are allowed to be here. It’s horrible. But, our forefathers were wise enough to put division of power in place. What will help us is mid-term elections. If enough of the republicans in Congress who are up for re-election get voted out, the dimwit in the Oval Office will have his hands tied. If people will only get out and vote, We Have the power to screw that nimrod.

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      • In our last election, there was a massive upset, because a lot of the under 25s got out there and voted. People complain that the younger generation are “snowflakes and have it better than they did in the olden days” however they are smart and can see that to change things for themselves in the future they need to make the change, hopefully it will be the same for you guys

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      • That’s exactly what I hope. I hate that term “snowflake” by the way. Like caring for other human beings and the environment and peace is some sorta fuc character flaw! Fuck these Neanderthals. There should be a mass shooting to take the lot of THEM out.

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      • I agree with you, I hate it as well, I just hope that people see all over the world that we are one race and 99% are being screwed over by the 1%

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      • You’d think it’s pretty fucking obvious? The bastards in DC, at least, don’t even try to hide it, for gods sake. Wake up people!!!

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      • I think the world is waking up to it now, but god knows what else it is going to take

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      • I agree. Well, at the very least, I hope so.

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      • All we have to do is wait and see. However I have been informed that I will need to make sure I go to sleep, something to do with so far everytime I have waited up for the results, we have had brexit, tory in and Trump elected

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      • Then, for gods sake, go to bed next time!!! 😠

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      • Suze says:

        you have EVERY right to comment!

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      • Its difficult because I have not grown up in a gun culture, when the UK put in the guns laws, I was still a child. I have not grown up with them

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      • Julia says:

        Thanks. It says a lot about our culture that we aren’t willing to look at….This administration focuses on mental illness as the problem not guns. I say it’s males, white males, at that who believe this is an acceptable way to act. It’s so freakin’ appalling. I saw an article today that said women have mental illness to but they are shooting people. There is chatter about teachers having guns at school. So nuts! It’s a way for the gun makers to make more money. States that had conservative people in office are losing their seats to more liberal thinkers who don’t support the NRA. It’s a circus in this country right now. The good thing is people are speaking out left and right and voting people out of office. Of course, that does nothing to help the pain of these families.

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      • I saw that some people believe teachers show be carrying, also that you should get 2 veterans in every school, some of the ideas are just barmy, when the simple solution is to talk about gun control, not putting more guns into schools

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      • Julia says:

        The US doesn’t like to reflect on its behavior and grow. It prefers more force, more guns, more…more…Our culture doesn’t realize that all those violent super hero movies aren’t real. The US (believing its so special) doesn’t look at all the other countries who have minimized or solved this problem like grown ups. I’ve been in enough schools to know most schools have one way in and one way out, doors lock automatically behind people, you have to sign in and out. But some crazed white male only needs to shoot out a window in a class room like at Sandy Hook….This president has never been competent at anything he does. He can’t stay married, he can’t run a business. He blames other people and goes bankrupt. Can you tell I have strong feelings about this??? Thanks for listening. I’m trying to sort out a way to be more involved in a more productive way. The state I live in is very liberal so we don’t vote NRA supporters into govt so I need to find another way to be involved.

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      • I think its great you have strong feelings on it. I wouldn’t even know where to start in finding a way to solve it, without a large public support I can imagine trying to get the NRA out of politics is going to be hard long slog,

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      • Julia says:

        You are so right. Glennon Doyle had a video up about how to approach it. I want to see it. Living in such a liberal state makes me so disconnected from the need for guns and most of the conservative agenda. It does show you how living in a place with an educated public creates your mindset. Anyway, off to watch a Moveable Feast on PBS! xo

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  4. Thank you for posting this! It is so important to get the NRA out of our government and vote all those that take this blood money out. The second amendment is archaic and written during the time of musket guns. No semi automatic weapons, no AR-15 guns. It shouldn’t be a right to own a gun. That has obviously proven to not work!
    I am the mom of a child who survived a high school shooting in 2013. The silence is deafening. We need gun laws, now!

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    • I have had an argument with someone that the 2nd amendment was written when you could fire 2 rounds a minute. We have guns that can fire 400 rounds a minute. I would have to check but I believe the 2nd amendent is the only one not to have been changed but the one that needs the most amount of change

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