Once louder for those in the back, and for those who are intentionally refusing to listen...
IT'S THE GUNS!
When, when can we admit that the guns have at least some part to play in the continued rise in deaths from gun violence. Are we that far gone?
This is tough to write, as the topic continues to make me want to swear or be uncharitable. My anger over our inability to act continues to rise with each and every event. Particularly following the ridiculously predictable response we get every single time. Even down to being able to write the tweets our leadership will share.
Saturday afternoon, May 6, 2023, a gunman opened fire at an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, murdering eight people and injuring seven. The victims range in age from 5 years old to 61 years old. The attacker was killed by the police.
There have been 199 mass shootings in the country since the beginning of the year. This is the second most deadly shooting this year.
And just like always, we see the same response. Thoughts and prayers. It's not the guns, it's mental health. We can't do anything about the guns.
Blah, blah, blah.
All such drivel.
First, I don't want to diminish thoughts and prayers. They are powerful. Prayer can move mountains, truly. I can point to the times of my life where I have been prayed through. Where I only survived because of the prayers of others.But we belittle the very purpose and power of prayer when we make it the very least we can do and leave it there. When we leave it as a simple bon mot response. If we do nothing else, the faith behind those prayers is dead. Our faith should be compelling us to some kind of change to make this stop.
We just have the willpower to actually make a change.
If we did, we might discover the impact guns have on us goes way beyond the mass shootings that really bring the issue to our attention. We need to explore the impact of mass homicide, on domestic homicide, and on suicide. On accidental gun violence.