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.