The Atheist Pig's Take on Mass Shootings

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.

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Comment by kathy: ky on November 10, 2017 at 2:05pm
Loren,. Excellent as always.
Bertold, your page nailed it.

I get pissed when the media keep harping on the shooters while barely mentioning the victims. And even more pissed that Congress won't put a stop to it because they love themselves some money above all.
If the shooters were killing congress's family members I think things would change very fast.
Comment by Loren Miller on November 10, 2017 at 7:58am

Chris, it is clear that Kelley's assault was very likely based at least in part on his own predilection for violence, as evinced by his history of domestic abuse.  I have to ask, though, what about Stephen Paddock or for that matter, Timothy McVeigh or any of the other such perpetrators?  The Pulse nightclub shooting was carried out by a Muslim who probably thought he was stopping the haram of the gay and Lesbian attendees to that venue.

I have to ask if there is a single focal point to any of these incidents.  The Pulse shooting classes as the Us-vs-Them mindset, which says, "We're doing right; they're doing wrong; They Have To Be Stopped," but what about Las Vegas?  Was that just a vainglorious attempt at attention because Paddock's targets were all over the map, and it's worth noting, he WAS evidently looking to escape after the shooting.  Is that demand for the spotlight the common thread here?  For the umpti-umpth time, I'm an engineer, not a sociologist; I have no answers.

I DO, however, have lots of questions, and I wish someone with the proper qualifications would get their individual and collective asses off the dime and start finding answers before more people get killed.

Comment by Chris on November 9, 2017 at 3:37pm

The following may be interesting to some.

How Domestic Violence and Militarism “Open the Floodgates” to Mass ...

The Airforce is culpable for this massacare for not reporting him to civilian agencies which would have prevented him from purchasing a weapon.

According to the above report three women a day are killed my an intimite partner.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2017 at 11:10am

And under NO circumstances should we talk about gun regulation!

Sadly, Bertold, your diagram is more truth than fiction these days.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 9, 2017 at 11:03am

Comment by Vangelis on November 9, 2017 at 6:08am

Mass shootings in America make money for the billionaire businessmen that make the guns. They don't want less shootings,  they want more. It's a vicious cycle of more shootings leading to more guns leading to yet more shootings and more guns which equates to a lot more money. It's all about the dollars.

Comment by Loren Miller on November 9, 2017 at 5:59am

Vangelis, I note similar things happening in the auto industry, specifically autonomous cars.  There is predictably a considerable amount of controversy about them and their ability to supplant the proverbial "nut behind the wheel" and deservedly so, but I have to respect it for the attempt to make our communities SAFER regarding a device which, while it was not designed to, CAN kill.

Yet no such parallel effort is currently in action regarding other devices which whose specific purpose IS TO KILL.  Someone explain this to me ... WITHOUT mentioning the name LaPierre or the dumbass initials he works for.

Comment by Vangelis on November 9, 2017 at 3:57am

I like the comparison with the airlines. So true! The mass shootings keep happening and the government keeps doing nothing. So they will keep happening. Not rocket science. And when you see that happening,  there is no point getting angry. It's just the way it is. When the government is serious about fixing the problem, it will change gun laws. Until then,  sit back and watch the stupidity!

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