Tonight, as I tap the keys from my desk, Texas families and friends are still reeling in grief from what is being called the largest mass shooting in the state’s history. “Mass shooting” has become so common a phrase in American nomenclature that it is losing the impact it should have on us.
And the political division in this country is reaching levels of toxicity and shrewd intolerance where those who would seek to do something about what is a pandemic problem in our land are silenced. It is beyond absurd. It is woefully ignorant and stupid.
I’m talking of course about a lobby-laden Congress that prevents the Center for Disease Control from even doing a study on gun violence. A study.
It is said that the first step to solving a problem is recognizing that there is one. And while we can suffice it to say that the advocates for guns would just as soon shoot themselves than admit there is a problem, it is not hard to imagine that under different circumstances they would acquiesce the phrase.
It is simply common sense to engage in root-cause analysis to solve a problem.
To those who would assert that guns do not kill people, people do, I will repeat a common response. No shit. Did you figure that out all by yourself? Wherever do you get the moronic notion that what is being advocated is the behavioral adjustment of the inanimate objects? What is desired by advocates for gun legislation is more stringent laws on people, not guns. On who can obtain them and how.
Because we are seeing in real time how well self-regulation works.
But I digress. At this point, if the CDC cannot do the study, maybe it’s time for citizens to take it into their own hands and publicly fund a study of their own. Because if it is people doing this, and it is, then understanding why is the first and necessary step to preventing it in the future.
To those who have lost their family and friends in the mass shootings of the last few months, I grieve for you and with you and hold mine oh so close, fearing the day it happens in my own town.
See you out there.