A week has passed since the Las Vegas massacre of 58 people.
The USA has done nothing and is no longer talking about it, having moved on to other matters.
And thus the cycle of violence and apathy continues.
Hopefully you’re not there when the next massacre happens, right?
— God (@TheGoodGodAbove) October 9, 2017
After days and days of sorrow, soul-searching, and wondering why things never change, it’s time to move on…which is why things never change. It seems our collective attention span is only able to process unimaginable tragedy for so long before we get bored and move on to the next shiny object. Stephen Paddock, a seemingly innocuous 64-year-old White guy, mowed down 58 innocent concert goers from his 32nd-floor hotel suite at Mandalay Bay, leading to much weeping and gnashing of teeth. At least it did among those who favor common sense gun control in an effort to at least reduce the likelihood of more mass shootings. Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © and the media have already moved on.
For Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes ©, it was the same as it always is. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is “too soon” to talk about guns. People are entirely too emotional to have a rational discussion. While there may be an iota of truth in that argument, it’s nothing but a delaying tactic. Proudly Closed-minded Gun Control Foes © have no intention of EVER having a conversation about common sense gun control. They know that if they can deflect demands for change for a few days, maybe a week or two at most, our collective attention goes elsewhere. Same as it ever was.
Now we’ve moved on to the latest contrived controversy sold by our reality show President, and it seems as if nothing will change…because nothing will. After Newtown, the cry was “Never Again!” After Orlando, it seemed as if the Rubicon had finally been crossed; SOMETHING had to change. Now the tragedy in Las Vegas has come and gone and we’re no closer to change.
The question, then, is where will the next mass shooting take place? Will it be in your town? Mine? Somewhere else? Because it WILL happen. Another madman will open fire on a crowd of innocent people living their lives. Blood will be spilled. Lives will be lost. Much consternation will be voiced…and nothing will change.
And so it will go…because those who cling to the second half of the 2nd Amendment as if their lives depended on it value their guns far more than human life. As monstrous as that may seem, it’s the truth…and until we demand different, nothing will change.
I can only hope the next mass shooting won’t happen in your town. Or mine.