So, Americans keep on getting shot in bunches. Masses, if you will. Since Newtown, there have been 74 (and counting) school shootings. What in the holiest of fuck is going on? Really? Fucking really?
The thought of sending Oskar to school in this country is starting to get a little scary—because these shootings are starting to feel inevitable.
They’re not, you know? Inevitable. My favorite quote on the subject (from The Daily Show, of course):
“Of course, there’s nothing we can do to stop this from happening. Even though pretty much every other developed country has somehow stopped this from happening.”
I know, I know. The Daily Show is to the left what Hannity and O’Reilly are to the right—a bunch of propaganda. But, when they nail something on the head, they nail it good. Check out this page full of statistics. I’m not going to regurgitate them all—suffice to say, the one that really sticks out is gun homicides annually. Japan? Less than 50. Most European countries? Less than 150. Canada (incidentally, the country with the highest guns-to-humans ratio in the world)? Less than 200.
The good old United States of America? More than 10,000.
Lovely. And for what? I’m not exactly sure. The constitutional right to walk into a Chipotle® with a loaded assault rifle? What in the world is happening? None of this makes any sense, at all!
People like Joe the fucking Plumber can get themselves on television and say horrifying shit like, “Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights to own guns.” You know what, Joe? They kind-of do.
Joe fuck-face and his gun-nut friends think common sense gun laws will take away their freedom. But, what about my kid’s freedom to go to school without having to learn to use one of these:Great idea, America. Forget trying to keep guns out of schools. Lets just give the kids these super-cute bulletproof blankets! Problem solved!
As usual, it’s all going to get worse before it gets better, I’m sure. These days, news of another mass shooting goes in one ear and out the other, for most of us. And all those thousands of one-off shootings, the ones where only one measly person gets popped—domestic disputes, robberies, turf wars, drug deals gone bad—well, those don’t even make the news, anymore.
America should be ashamed. And scared. I know I am.
♫Tombs ► Edge of Darkness