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 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

Comment by Teresa Roberts on November 8, 2017 at 11:27am

Glad to see so many weigh in on the situation of mass carnage in the US. Chris, 98% of all mass slaughters are committed by men. That doesn't mean that women aren't capable of murder. Where men and women are roughly equal when it comes to murder is the killing of our own children. Seems like both sexes are pretty well equally represented when it comes to murdering their offspring. When it comes to massacres of men, women and children, often complete strangers to the killer, men take the prize, however. 

Comment by Chris on November 7, 2017 at 11:07pm

Why are mass shootings committed by white men?

The Airforce should be sued for not turning over his background of domestic violence to civilian law enforcement officials.  Doing so would have prevented  him from purchasing a weapon.

The military often doesn't reveal the domestic violent history of service members even when they are held in the brig and disonerably discharged.  There are numerous cases of this.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 7, 2017 at 5:23pm

Well at least Greg Abbot's doing something. Words of wisdom from a modern-day politician


Texas Governor: Sutherland Springs Massacre May Look 'Heavy,' but It's Not as Bad as Hitler

. . . Look at what happened with Hitler during the horrific events during that era, and Mussolini and go back in time before that to the earlier ages, the Middle Ages, when people committed horrific crimes, and when you go back through the history of the Bible, there was evil that took place from earliest stages of the Bible to post-New Testament, so evil is something that has permeated this world. And that force of evil must be combated with the force of good that is offered by God and it is so heartwarming to see the people of this community turn to God, turn to hope, turn to the promise of good overcoming evil

. . . During a separate interview with CBS News on Monday Abbott was asked how to ensure guns don’t get into the hands of potentially dangerous people. He answered simply, “by working with God.”

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 7, 2017 at 4:13pm

When politicians no longer feel they need lots of money to get elected, or get reelected, that will be an important part of the solution.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 7, 2017 at 3:56pm

Until and unless the United States Congress can develop the cojones to look Wayne LaPierre and the NRA in the eye and tell them, "Enough is ENOUGH!", quit taking their money and recognize the problem which is represented by the profligate access to guns we suffer from, this crap will continue to go on unabated.

It's not quite that simple, but it's not far off, either.

Comment by Michael Penn on November 7, 2017 at 3:50pm

The way things work today is by algorithm. Computers, business and advertising all work this way and the question of how to make money is how do we sell the product. Americans used to choose and buy products by set standards. That's all reversed.

Today we are the product! As the product we cannot solve anything. Guns, for example, still have to be sold to make money. All we can do is buy one in case we need it for the next mass shooting. That way we are falling in line with the powers that be and they are only interested in profit.

Many tell me about god and the "end times" and want to bring this into play. I point out that it's not 1950 any longer. Knowledge of events travels almost instantly. This is due to technology and not a god or something told to you by your favorite televangelist. In the current view of things we cannot have a problem in America. In fact, we want to keep the problems out. We cannot let in foreigners or Muslims who might be ISIS or some form of terrorist. Even if American shootings have caused terror, we can not have any white American born terrorists. It's all mental illness.

In my "guns example" we continue to buy guns to protect us because we don't know what else to do. Profits have to be made and we become much like a computer virus program fighting off the viruses with knowledge that there will be many more coming yet again and again.

None of this solves the problem but it works very well when "we the people" have become the product and profits are to be made. Is it any wonder that someone on Fox News made a remark on this Texas shooting to the effect of "what better place to be shot and killed than in church where you are much closer to god."

Profit has gotten in the way to where solutions to a problem cannot be seen. I don't think it will get better either.



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