What Makes It A School Shooting?

A woman cries during a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Wednesday shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018.

When I first started this news blog, I thought, whats the big deal? You would get the news, put it in your blog, have a drink and count your likes. After the first month, I started forgetting about the “likes.” The stories are worth so much more, than words regurgitated from Wikipedia, CNN or countless other resources. You really start to wonder. The first thing that comes to your mind is “it is what it is.” That works for the first hundred stories or so. You already knew the world was a dog eat dog kinda place, but it was easy to compartmentalize your life from the lives of those thousands of miles away or even just on the other side of town. But you come to see we are so much bound by each other. More more than just a line that’s pits ideology against ideology, or faith against faith or color against color. You start seeing the story behind all those periods and exclamation marks. Compilations of the news headlines, that show a dreadful path one might not elict from a casual observance, or daily reading of a favorite new source. No longer do I wonder of Hamlet’s lament to Horacio, ” There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” or when Jesus answer to the Pharisees was, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Slowly I move forward readers, knowing there are more things dreamt Horacio, and render to God the things that are God’s.”

Seventeen people were killed and more than 15 injured in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on 14 February 2018, bringing the total number of school shootings in the United States since the beginning of the year to 18 (or roughly three per week), according to the gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety. That shocking figure was reported in the press and endlessly repeated on social media as the day wore on. But not everyone agrees with that figure. According to a Washington Post article by Siraj Hashmi,

“There haven’t been 18 of what we would refer to as “school shootings” in 2018. The media is either sheepishly or deliberately moving the goalposts and widening the definition of what constitutes a school shooting.”

Really, are we talking about what “constitutes” a school shooting? Seventeen people were killed in the latest mass murder event in Florida. Three were killed outside the school, and then the lunatic, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, went in the school and killed twelve more.

Mass murder, Nicolas Cruz. Killer of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

If you can stomach it, here is a link to the victims. Has our society come down so low or have we been so inoculated against the killing of a human being that we now quantify it. I guess if you ask the parent’s of the victims of the Florida massacre, they would say “my child was killed at school,” and they would be right. How in the heck do national newspapers go from reporting the killings to quantifying them. What is wrong with this picture? Why are we quantifying how many black kids are being killed by police, how many children are being raped under the age of 10 or whether or not someone committed suicide by hanging or shooting themselves? Isn’t one enough? Do they think we are so insensitive to think we should applause when they tell us the killing has gone down from 800 to 650 in Anytown, USA? Or are they trying to instill in us a norm? Will it one day be normal for 10% of the population or more to die at the hands of so called mentally challenged people using automatic weapons? And just between you and me, their mental state comes in, anytime they kill more than two. Hell killing four people “might” make the metro section.

We cannot become innocuous to any killing by a gun, not any more. We have to raise our voices at every single one. I wrote an article about the Second Amendment“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” All of our states are free. We spend over half a trillion dollars every year in defense of those states. Its no longer necessary for any state to worry about its security.  Every state has a militia. Its called the National Guard. Let’s stop the killing. In  November, 2018, “We The People” can stop it.  Don’t vote for a candidate that has NRA backing. Don’t vote for a candidate that approves of civilians owning automatic weapons. Don’t vote for someone who is just going to give his condolences after you been killed by machine gun fire, and then they go back to Congress to pass legislation that approves of the gun you just been killed by. Let’s end this bullsh*t America.

Tomorrow.. back to your not so regularly program news… “There were no killings in America today.. It will be sunny and hot in…”

 

 

 

 

 

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