10-Minute Diatribe

I have ten minutes before I have to go get ready for work, so I’m going to rant for all ten.

In the wake of the latest school shooting and all the renewed chatroom/newsreel talk about gun violence, I want to point out a couple of things. I heard a lot of “It’s only in America that this happens” and a lot of “it’s always young white males.” I heard a lot of “there’s a lot of mentally ill people out there, and only a small percentage of them commit atrocities like this.”

Then, on Saturday morning, a young woman deliberately drove her car into a homecoming parade, killing a two year old, a married couple, and a single young man. No guns. No “disturbed white male.” Just more random violence in a place that people expected to be safe.

People have always killed each other. People always will kill each other. When rocks were the available weapons, they used rocks. When spears became popular, they used spears. Then knives. Then bombs. What’s different now?

The media. We hear about it. We sensationalize it. Mass killers use the media to get the attention they crave.

Last night I watched some fellow on Bill Maher doing his own rant about the dangers of guns. How they should be banned and how the NRA is ruining society by allowing these upset young men the opportunity to kill.

He did not mention anything about Chicago, where there were probably ten murders last night, just like the night before, and the night before that, and the night before that, and the night before that. I guess, because it happens in the projects, it doesn’t matter.

The truth is, people get upset. We hate. We act in violent ways towards one another.

It’s not the guns.

It’s us.


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