I’ve been wrapping my head about what to write in regards to the chaotic last few days in this so-called “great” nation. But I realize that I’ve been down this road before. We all have. Everytime a mass shooting happens in America, we go through the cycle of thoughts and emotions. Whoever the shooter was will spark reactions depending on what religion or race he is. We fall into a state of collective and sympathetic mourning. Politicians will “send their thoughts and prayers” to the bereaved while playing the outrage card, condemning the incident and the person or people behind them. Despite the frequency of mass shootings in this country alone, those in Washington, their backers and their supporters alike won’t do jack. They most likely will move on, and before you know it, history repeats itself in another American city or town. The number of lives lost and who will conduct the terrorist act will vary and change, but details, details. It will happen again.
Honestly, I’m numb to this kind of news. However, if something like this happens in a public space or during a public event, and I was there, I would be scared as shit. I would be traumatized if I don’t unfortunately become a victim. I was very near a shooting three years ago. It wasn’t a mass shooting, but it was no less horrific. I can still remember hearing the gun shots. I have small anxiety attacks whenever I go to a public function like a party. I dread that some fool will waltz into the area mad and drunk as hell and start shooting. And since I’m black, fearing that the shooter will share my ethnicity is a double jeopardy.
But if the person was nonblack, it would be no less devastating and traumatic.
Right now, though, I’m numb to hear about the recent mass shootings in Gilroy, California, El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. All three were carried out by young and angry white males, two of whom (as of this writing) have been indoctrinated with online white supremacy. It’s a sad and hopeless numb, because it’s a reminder that white supremacy not only did not go away or become less monstrous. It’s gotten destructive to where, in the hands of gunmen, it can take the lives of anyone. ANYONE! And to further rub salt into the many wounds left behind, the government doesn’t consider it as a vital issue to concern themselves with.
Let’s not sugarcoat this in any way. Most of these mass shootings were done by pissed off white men. That’s not sounding racist. But the motivating factor behind many of these atrocities has been about racial paranoia, the feeling that the white “race” will be replaced by “lesser” more “inferior” races who are supposedly orchestrating white people’s extinction through affirmative action and interracial dating. Does that sound ridiculous? Of course it does. Still, a lot of these bastards and bitches firmly think their people are being wiped out in loads. The irony is that many people killed in these domestic terrorist attacks have been white! So, technically, these racist fuckers need to look in the mirror to see who’s behind their own “extinction-level events”, especially if they have homicidal and genocidal urges and enough blind rage that compel them to buy as much ammo as possible.
And yet, the government at large doesn’t give two fucks! Their lack of action has been obvious every year. Even worse is how they allow an ignorant bum of a failing leader to give angry white guys reasons to kill and have done NOTHING to hold him accountable. Seriously? What’s the use of a government when it doesn’t care about the welfare of its own people?
The Chief Executive and Executive Vice President of the notorious NRA (National Rifle Association) Wayne LaPierre, who’s likely among the usual trying to shift blame away from them and President Gasbag from the truths behind these horrific terror attacks, once said that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun. The only problem with that statement, aside from how idiotically asinine it is, is that a lot of these terrorists thought that what they did was an imperative good. ‘Good’ and ‘bad’ are highly subjective terms. Those who shot in the name of preserving the European ethnicity believed that their targets were the races of bad guys that must be killed. They were brainwashed – willingly – that their people were dying, and it made them furious enough to commit mass murder. It was true in Charleston, South Carolina four years ago, in Pittsburgh last year, in Poway, California in April of this year and in towns like Gilroy, California and El Paso Texas more recently.
In short, those bad guys with guns thought they WERE good guys with guns. A gun doesn’t care what you think of yourself or who your enemies are. It’s purpose is to kill. Period.
Any argument to curb violence that involve stricter gun laws will be made with opposition and fear, the fear that guns will be taken away. The partisan-obsessed will blame either side for their laziness and inaction. Politicians will be bought by NRA lobbyists, and nothing will change.
Even though not all of these attacks are fueled by ignorant hate and aggrieved entitlement or committed by white men, it’s still a testament to the inexcusably high gun violence problem that this nation continues to neglect. Each incident is regarded as isolated incidents. But too many “isolated incidents” would soon become an epidemic, and it may morph into a problem that’s too big – or too late – to stop.