Mass shootings can happen anywhere, but they are only a matter of routine in the United States. 

Oddly, I've encountered many Americans who seem resigned to this fact of life in our country. They have no suggestions to remedy the situation except the occasional call for more guns. Americans, however, already have more guns than any other nation.

So if that were the key, it stands to reason that we should have less bloody massacres. 

What's frustrating to me is that as soon as we experience another blood bath in yet another venue in yet another town in America, we obsess for a period of time, run endless detailed news stories about the atrocities and then gradually go back to our regular routine of eating and drinking and pissing and sleeping until the next blood soaked event happens. 

Because they are soooooo common place now, the time between the event and getting back to our routine is becoming shorter and shorter.

How long can we sustain that feeling of powerlessness and horror? It's too much for our psyches to bear. So we start to become desensitized, a natural protective measure our good old brains employ to protect us from a nervous breakdown. 

But the real ball breaker in this gory fiasco is that in light of a rising body count, we still do nothing.

Nothing. Nada. Zilch. That fact alone makes us feel a kind of collective impotence deep down in our solar plexus which slowly but surely decreases our sense of well being and increases our general anxiety as a nation. We can't fix this and it's killing us. 

The very soul of the nation is succumbing to a feeling of utter hopelessness.

Without hope, life becomes a very grim prospect. We don't fix things any more. Not weekly mass murders and carnage or anything else for that matter. We've become a nation of can't dos. We're impotent. We spin our wheels and shout obscenities at one another even as we lock our doors and wait for the next attack, but the enemy is us and we can't fix us.

I'm a myth buster. My recent published book -  Have We Been Screwed? Trading Freedom for Fairy Tales - can be purchased on Amazon.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 10, 2017 at 4:16am

The traditional Christian ideal is antithetical to the very nature of consciousness or awareness.

--C.G. Jung

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 9, 2017 at 9:38pm

That whole catechism is, in its own words, "intrinsically and gravely disordered". The few defensible things on that page are its denunciations of rape and of sexual abuse -- but we don't need a religion to tell us that!

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 8:17pm

For other information people should read Article 6 of the Catholic Church.

It's unbelievable that people still follow that doctrine.

Till death do us part may result in some of the violence seen.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 8:00pm


I was never hit or otherwise abused by any of my family members.

It was only the school system that did that.

Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook ...

Being left handed, an athiest from birth and a non conformist may have cause problems with me in the school system.

 I think back then a lot of teachers were rote therefore din't have much knowledge.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 7:26pm


I grew up in the Sacramento Valley. (California U.S.) It was really foggy there.  At some times of the year you couldn't see beond 20 feet.   As kids we used to play a game where a friend would sit on our shoulder and and another would sit on the  sholder of a friend. We would try to get the opponent off the sholder.  We were caught for doing that at rececess.  The damned principal used  a racket ball paddle with holes in it to swatt us. 

Other events weren't much better.  I had a principal who was a General in the National Guard.  He was a P.O.S.

I went to public schools.  I don't know what it was like in religious schools.

The U.S. was born of violence and is still a violent country.

 I read that the first case of child abuse in the U.S. was investigated and procecuted by the Society for the Association for Protection of Animals (ASPCA) 

The following link may provide some information.

My dad used to say Australia is a better country to live in because the were criminals, while the myth of the U.S. is religious zeallots.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on November 9, 2017 at 11:19am

Chris, there are somewhere in the neighborhood of 57 countries that have banned spanking of children in schools and homes. The US is not on either list. I contend that the basis for the way the US views women and children, even animals for that matter, is founded in the bible. If you read it, you'll soon see that children, women and animals were considered to be property. Those in power could do what they wanted with all three. Furthermore, there's lots of violence toward all three celebrated in the scriptures. So we get that old slogan Spare the rod, spoil the child and people really believe that it is a god sanctioned way to raise children. After all, they were beaten as kids and they insist that they turned out just fine. LOL . Of course, we have finally reached collective consensus that it's not ok to hit a woman or a dog. Those two acts can set off a flurry of outrage. But for some reason we're still fighting for the right to hit our own offspring. I don't have a high opinion of humankind.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 1:12am

As I mature for some reason people are telling me about child sexual  abuse.

That's another form of violence that may occure in many families. 

It's terrible to hear some of the stories. A big problem is the abuser may have been abused.  The cycle of violence may be the same.

 There was a guy I worked with who kind of bragged about whipping his grandkids.  I treid to tell him it's better to talk with his gradnkids.

He quoted the bible by saying "Spare the rod spoil the children."  I tried to explain that meant he should spare the rod and spoil the child. 

Interesting how twisted some people can get with a simple quotation.

That guy also became angry at me for saying "God Damn it."  He said "Don't use the Lords in vain."   

When I explained that term meant taking credit for acts of nature such as solar exlipses and tides -   He said that may be technically correct but "We" maining whatever brand of evangilical chirtian he was don't like it.

Comment by Teresa Roberts on November 8, 2017 at 12:42pm

My observation has been that we rarely fix anything these days. As we become more and more imperialistic, we've shifted our attention away from the home front and toward manipulating other countries for gain. There's only so much energy left to solve domestic issues and our leaders really aren't that interested in improving the lives of the common man. So there's lots of lip service paid to things like healthcare, jobs, safety, opportunity but nothing ever changes. You have to look outside the political arena to find change makers, those highly creative people who are driven to invent and problem solve. Inevitably, they are the ones who improve our lives and if you take a second look, you'll see that they were never popular with most politicians. 

Comment by Teresa Roberts on November 8, 2017 at 12:36pm

Thanks for sharing that article, Bertold.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 8, 2017 at 11:35am

There was an interesting take in the NYT today:

Patrick BlanchfieldGuns and the ‘Price We Pay for Freedom’  - NYT, Nov 8, 2017


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