Thursday, November 9, 2017

Same Story, Different Day

Emergency personnel respond to a fatal shooting at a Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (KSAT via AP)

I listened to almost none of the coverage of the Texas mass shooting, just as I listened to very little of the Las Vegas massacre coverage. I've decided I'm not going to wallow in this stuff if we're not going to do anything about it. I've heard all the sad stories I can bear to hear when they are only followed by the sanctimonious spoutings of politicians who only intend to fall in line behind the N.R.A.

What pious hypocrites they are.

"Oh, we mustn't politicize this tragedy."

Why not? If my child had been killed in Texas or Las Vegas, I'd want it politicized to hell and back. Because a political answer is the only answer and our "leaders" (ha!ha!) are afraid to take on even the tiniest element like bump stocks.

"A good guy with a gun is the only thing that works against a bad guy with a gun."

And there was a good guy with a gun in Texas. Unfortunately, he was way too late for the 26 killed and 50 wounded. It would have been a lot better if the shooter had never had access to his guns in the first place. And he shouldn't have, seeing as how he was convicted of domestic violence in the Air Force but our national records regarding guns are hardly reliable.

So, if we've decided that all these victims are simply collateral damage about which nothing can be done, then don't cover it as we do. A short 15-minute piece, followed by even shorter updates will be enough.

Then we'll just say, "hey, another mass shooting" and go on our merry way.