Is this the new normal? Over 500 mass shootings in the past year, more in the past decade possibly than in all the 20th century. The trend gives no appearance of abating, indeed, quite the opposite. Frequently, gun sales surge in the wake of the more publicly reported shootings, owing to the mistaken impression by the gun lovers of the US that maybe, just maybe, THIS TIME the government will clamp down ... and yet they don't. The push to regulate the bump stocks which were used in the Las Vegas slaughter (I really can't call it anything else) has stalled in Congress with no sign of further progress. Names like Columbine and Aurora and Pulse are being added to the roster, sometimes on a daily basis. Meanwhile in the rest of the world, such incidents are all but unheard of.
It's gotten to the point where our buddy Winston, The Atheist Pig, has had his fill of the whole business. Unlike too many others, he has a clear vision of current events and actually understands why nothing is being done about them. No, he's not indifferent, just disgusted, or so I suspect, and the ongoing banal tattoo about "thoughts and prayers" only emphasizes the stupidity of the whole situation in his eyes ... and mine, too, for that matter.
Winston recently had an exchange with a coworker about it, and he sums up the whole mess in four panels far better than I've heard in some news broadcasts. I offer it here for your edification.