22 and 9. The number killed over the past weekend in El Paso and Dayton.
24 and 27. The number injured over the past weekend in El Paso and Dayton.
Are these just four new numbers, to be viewed with shock and then forgotten two weeks later? Like so many numbers in the past. Like all the numbers associated with all the mass shootings that have hit our country. A number of mass shootings that, according to sources, this year alone has exceeded the number of days so far in the year.
Over one per day! Why isn’t everyone furious? What is wrong with us?
I heard one expert, former law enforcement, say there will be no solution until all contributing factors are addressed: guns, mental health, causes of hate, early intervention, and more.
Then he indicated that a person ignoring any one of these was spinning, not really interested in solving the problem.
So what do we hear from the elected leaders of the two states affected by these latest shootings?
The governor of Ohio indicated this is not the time to address the problem, when emotions are so high. So his solution is not to deal with any of the causes. Why do you suppose that is? Well, he expects interest to wane, as it always has. Then nothing will change. Spinning. Of course, under pressure, he changed his tune two days later. But there was that initial instinct.
The governor of Texas put the blame on mental health. He figures if you concentrate efforts there, you can bypass the thorny gun debate and protect the gun loving populace. Spinning.
As far as our legislators go, it looks like we can count on them to continue their obeisance to their constituents. To the folks back home? Oh, no, I guess I wasn’t clear. To their real constituents, the leaders of the NRA.
And then there’s Duplicitous Donald, the “leader” of the free world, who took to the airways in a carefully scripted speech designed to show he isn’t what he is.
The occasional good idea, like red flag laws, was lost in the hypocrisy oozing from his mouth.
He is “sickened” by the hatred, this from the man who breeds hatred and endorses it at rallies.
He wants our nation to condemn “racism, bigotry, and white supremacy” and ignores presidential tweets fostering racism, bigotry, and white supremacy.
He blames video games, becoming yet another lily-livered politician aiming to divert discussion from the real problems that must be faced.
He deplores the lack of bipartisanship and says we must work together. Following the excellent example he has already set, I guess?
What I find especially offensive is his holier than thou call for God to bless the victims, their families, and America, all from one of the most immoral leaders our country has ever known.
All these fine folk just want the public outcry to disappear so they can continue to create dangerous gun laws to appease their backers. Like guns on college campuses. Like arming public school teachers. Like open carry.
Speaking of open carry, it turns out both Texas and Ohio are open carry states. So citizens can walk around with guns showing. How civilized. The idea is then the untrained citizen can pop the bad guy and save the day. That is, of course, if they can figure who the bad guy is when a bunch of people are pulling their guns.
So how did that work out in the two recent shootings? Fortunately, there were no disasters from citizens inexpertly using firearms. But also no citizen took out the shooters. It was the properly trained police who did that.
Let’s keep a close watch on our “leaders.” Let’s not let them shift the message ever again, nor delay. Let’s not let them get away with “thoughts and prayers.” Let’s reward them for character, courage, and action. And do this independent of party.
Otherwise we are equally responsible.