Activist Monday: Why Does This Keep Happening?
Posted June 13, 2016on:
Good Monday, Widdershins, and I hope you personally had a great weekend, despite the terrible and tragic mass shooting in Orlando. As I write this, the count of the dead is up to 50, and the wounded count is the same. And why? What could the reason possibly be for opening fire on innocent people?
The gunman called 911 before the attack, expressing fealty to ISIS. He twice had been investigated by federally authorities for alleged comments he made about terrorism, but both investigations were closed.
[But]…A law enforcement official told NBC News there is no indication that Omar Mateen was in touch with terrorists overseas and nothing to indicate this was a directed attack. Also, several officials say, there’s no sign that anyone else was involved in the attack, either in helping Mateen or egging him on.
The father said his son got angry when he saw two men kissing in Miami a couple of months ago and thought that might be related to the shooting.
“We are saying we are apologizing for the whole incident. We weren’t aware of any action he is taking. We are in shock, like the whole country,” Seddique Mir Mateen said.
So, here we stand, once again reeling from an act of domestic terrorism that makes absolutely no sense. This is the second time in the past few months. How do these people keep getting weapons, especially when the government is already suspicious of them?
I’ll tell you exactly how: the cowardice and lack of moral fiber of our President and Congress. There is no excuse for pretending that our gun laws are not completely broken. There is no excuse for our collective amnesia, which sets in after the latest news cycle has run its course, wringing every last bit of sorrow, terror, regret and (most importantly) politicization out of each awful byte. The cycle continues; some man or woman who has already been identified as a potential terrorist, or as having mental or emotional problems, somehow obtains an automatic or semi-automatic weapon or weapons. LEGALLY. That person takes the weapons and causes horrible mayhem. Lather, rinse, repeat. The media publishes a lot of dreadful stories, the President makes a powerful speech, and then we all eventually go on with our lives and nothing is ever done. Nothing. Is. Ever. Done.
I wish I knew how to fix this, Widdershins. I wish I knew how to change peoples’ hearts and minds about gun control, about just how necessary and important it is. I wish I knew how to make people understand how badly things are going out in the real world (and getting worse) as we continue to ignore the growing horror the proliferation of these completely useless and unnecessary weapons has caused.
All I know how to do is ask the anguished and frustrated question, “Why does this keep happening?”, and hope someone smarter than I, like Our Girl, can come up with a reason why it won’t happen any more.
This is an open thread.
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