There have been two mass shootings that occurred today. One was in Alexandria, Virginia. The other, which hasn’t gotten as much attention likely due to the first involving targeted politicians, occurred in San Francisco.
Five people were shot at a baseball field where GOP members were practicing for an upcoming game against Democratic politicans. Among the injured was Republican Congressman Steve Scalise who is now listed in critical condition.
The shooter was 66 year-old James Hodgkinson from Illinois who was, according to his social media footprints, opposed the GOP and was defiantly anti-Trump. He was shot by police gunfire and died soon after.
The second mass shooting, that I just found out about, happened at a UPS facility in San Francisco. The man was a driver and in uniform. He opened fire, injuring six people. Four of them died, including the shooter.
The Washington Post reports that the Virginia shooting is this country’s 154th mass shooting this year. Let that information sink in.
As usual we will go through the usual phases whenever this happens. First, there is shock as news reports work diligently to bring you up-to-the-minute updates on what happened, who was responsible and who were the victims with anger going around finding out who to blame. Next, people will send out their prayers and condolences to the victims. Then, the debate of gun violence is reignited, especially with the first caused by an angry and armed white male. And finally, life will go on until another mass shooting grips the Western news media.
Sadly, more will come due to our aversion to the problems that causes such shootings in the first place. Instead, more guns will be advised for the sake of protection without considering that those who own guns for that very reason have the potential to become the very thing they’re protecting from. Enough should be enough, but evidently, it’s never enough.
What are your thoughts on these and other tragic mass shootings? Leave your comments below.