How many days has it been since the last one?
I turn to Google because I think surely it must have been a month since Las Vegas. Surely, it has been at least that long.
Google bring me this URL: http://www.dayssincethelastmassshooting.com.
A bright red zero blazes onto the screen. At 2:00 PM today, more lives were lost, lost to the senseless gun violence that has taken over this country, the blood stains on our hands and the hands of the cowardice within the American political system.
Then, I remembered that after the Las Vegas terrorist attack that I posted on my Facebook. I switched to the Facebook app.
I am grateful that one of the people I follow on Twitter tweeted about blocking words. I had not known blocking a word was possible. I had immediately known which words I would mute. I feel beyond frustrated and disappointed. I grow angry. At talented people who disappoint. At the rich and powerful that take advantage. At the heartless. At the denying. At where we are right now.
I grow angry.
And, rejuvenated. Rejuvenated to resist, to try to make the world a better place, to not give up, even when things seem impossible, to give a damn and do something about it.
I go back to back to the website, Days since the last mass shooting in the United States. I click on history. The list of dates is incredible to see, an incredible tragedy, an incredible disgrace.
I realize that the list is incomplete. The list of American terrorism only includes the mass shootings. There was another shooting, just recently, at a Walmart.
Again, I turn to Google.
After some alarming headlines but not really finding what I am looking for, I settle on: https://www.massshootingtracker.org/data.
Three hundred and seventy-seven mass shootings so far this year.
Three hundred and seventy-seven mass shootings, and that number doesn’t even take into account the shooting that just happened at a Walmart.
And, three people were killed there.
When will it end?
When will the ignorance and the greed and the selfishness and the senselessness of the American Right end?
And, I am not only talking about on this issue.
But, on taxes.
And, on healthcare.
And, on the health of the planet we live on.
And, on civil rights.
The American Right really needs to get their shit together.
The future of humanity depends on it.
I am really getting tired of seeing that article pop up.
Because at this point in our political system, a vote for a Republican is a vote to continue this insane loss of life.
You are either helping put an end to this or, by not voting or voting Republican, you are allowing this to continue.
It is that simple.
One final thought.
Hey, 2008 Scalia, Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito, did you ever think that your rewriting of the 2nd Amendment would have led to this?
Days since last mass shooting in United States
Trump’s “Condolences and Sympathies” Won’t Cut It
Mass Shooting Tracker
Man accused of randomly killing 3 people at Walmart captured
‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
District of Columbia v. Heller