Last night, in Thousand Oaks, CA, 11 people were murdered in the 304th mass shooting incident in 2018.
Today, there is a flood of mental health posts, again, on Facebook and Twitter. Again, it’s because of mental health issues. If only we could do something to help people with mental health issues. If only we could do SOMETHING to stop these mass shootings. If only there was some kind of common sense law that could pass or something.
Except that there is. But the reason that congress won’t do anything, the reason that America won’t fix this issue, is because it’s easier to blame a non-factor than it is to face the multi-million company that funds campaigns. This isn’t about saving lives, its about saving funds. Congress won’t do anything because they’re cowards. I can’t even name every mass shooting in my lifetime.
I remember as a child, after Columbine happened, being taught what we would do if a shooter came onto campus.
I remember as a child, after Virginia Tech happened, being taught what we would do if a shooter came onto campus.
I remember as 22 year old, after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, going to see the Dark Knight Rises, and seeing the increased security, ensuring that a repeated attack doesn’t occur.
I remember in 2015, after the Roseburg, Oregon shooting, while working at a high school library, asking about what we should do in the case of a mass shooter, the chilling response the Assistant Principal told me, that we should get as many kids as possible in a small storage closet, and leave the rest to fend for themselves.
In 2016, the Pulse Nightclub shooting.
In 2015, San Bernardino.
In 2017, Las Vegas.
In 2018, Marjory Stoneman.
In 2018, Santa Fe.
In 2018, Trenton.
In 2018, Jacksonville.
In 2018, Pittsburgh.
In 2018, Thousand Oaks.
This is disgusting. We need to fix it. And we need to fix the problem. The problem isn’t mental illness. There are millions with mental illness who have no desire to kill anyone (myself included). The problem is guns. But, again, it’s easier to blame the non-factor than it is to blame the money.