We're doing it all again. A mass shooting. Lots and lots of talking about it. I'm practically losing my shit over this whole gun debate in the USA. What is wrong with people? The problem is not mental illness, the problem is, well, wait, let's look at the profile of the average mass shooter. Young white male with rage issues. The need to get revenge, to "show them."
We can (and do) debate, endlessly, gun control -- does it even exists in this country? I remember when Bowling for Columbine was released in theaters. I was incredulous at the statistics. "No way!" I thought. "Those numbers are off the chart!" Well, they were, and they are. And still, as a nation we cannot pass gun legislation. Personally, I advocate a strict NO GUN policy. Don't pussy foot around with regulation. Ban them. All of them. (Hear the objections mounting in your head? They don't mean a thing to me anymore.) If I were a gun owner, and I knew giving up guns would end the shooting of innocents to the tune of 30 THOUSAND people a year, I'd give up my gun in a hot minute. Nothing is worth these lives. Nothing is worth this pain.
My latest brain storm: talking with my husband last night I said, to my horror and surprise, "They should start showing photos of the crime scenes." Ewww. Gross, you say. Horrible, you say. Yes, I say. And the only thing more horrible is the fact that these killings actually happened and will continue unless we do something about it. I think we should get good and disgusted by an in-your-face campaign to show the real horrors of these crimes. Then take these photos and picket outside gun shows, NRA sponsored events and stores that sell guns.
I'm pissed. This is not rocket science. We, as a nation, have accepted the mass killing of people, and particularly grade school students, as a by-product our of second amendment rights. Rights that, I believe, are not guaranteed to the individual, but to a well regulated militia. But I'll get all kinds of push back on that constitutional interpretation.
By the way, where is the Occupy movement people when you need them? Are we at the point where we will occupy the streets, en masse, and demand gun legislation? I'm ready.