Today, Sunday, is the first sunny day in more than a week. During that week I got to the gym twice. Not what I wanted, but better than nothing. Of course, I’m trying again this coming week. Maybe things will be calmer. If week 311 was a rollercoaster, week 312 added a full loop!
Once again the nation mourns the deaths of 9 students and 1 teacher because of a mass shooting in a high school. It happened last week at Santa Fe HS in Texas. Tragic to be sure, but what made this event a little different was that it happened in Texas. There isn’t a state in this country that supports the NRA more than Texas. So, it is not surprising that the reactions of those in Santa Fe were very different from the reactions of those in other states after other shootings. In Santa Fe most refuse to see there is a firearms problem in the US. Those interviewed for, and quoted in, the articles I read blame just about anything else other than the availability of guns – lack of respect for authority; the destruction of family and community; lack of “god” in schools; etc.
Respect for authority has nothing to do with a disturbed individual obtaining firearms. A supposed “destruction” of family has nothing to do with the reality of the availability of AR-15s and extra-large ammo clips. Forcing Christianity on public school students will have no positive effect on extremists making plans or the paranoia of an emotionally fragile teen (not to mention it would be unconstitutional). It’s too bad the supporters of the NRA don’t see that guns don’t kill people and people don’t kill people. People with weapons kill people, and guns are weapons – that is their ONLY function. It is not like knives, which are also used for cooking, for example. Sure, other things can be used as weapons, but guns have no other use.
One of the horrible things about this particular mass shooting is that, if reports are accurate, none of what the NRA wants to do and none of what NRA opponents want to do would have made a difference. The shooter was a current student at the school. He would have been there regardless and would have entered with all the other students. The shooter got his weapons from his father (may have taken them, as opposed to being given them), so it was not a question of buying them and having a background check. The shooter used the fire alarm to create mass confusion, so he didn’t have to worry about a standoff with a single teacher, or whether that teacher was armed. So neither the NRA wanting to arm teachers, nor the common sense measure of stronger background checks, would have made any difference this time.
The lesson is: There is no way we can prepare for every single possible situation. If someone wants to commit a horrific act chances are they will find a way. All we can do is try to make it more difficult, but that is not the goal of the very powerful NRA.
The other major event last week was the royal wedding – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle married and became the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. I am not a “royal watcher”. I do not follow the lives of celebrities and do not read the tabloids, paper or electronic. I was mildly interested in the wedding, mainly because I had a preconceived idea of what the gown would look like – I was pretty spot on, too. I watched some of the ceremony and got a kick out of how shocked and confused the British guests looked during the sermon delivered by the American Episcopal Bishop.
On line I noticed that for some reason people who claimed not to care about the wedding had to post negatively about it. Seems to me that if you really don’t care about something you simply ignore it and don’t post at all. The fact that they bothered to post at all tells me they feel something – probably envy. There will always be people who become resentful over others being rich, powerful, and privileged.
As for the rest of us, I saw a meme on Facebook that said it best. Paraphrased, it said “please don’t shit all over the royal wedding. It is beautiful, dressy, fancy, traditional, precedent breaking, and full of joy. Our country (the USA) is being run by a malignant yeast infection. We need some joy and beauty!”
There was also a lot of SCROTUS tweeting about the Mueller investigation and other Washington nonsense. I’m hoping more will develop on this going forward.
Until next week….