I’m sure you have all heard about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School (Connecticut) today, and that this shooting could easily be described as one of the worst tragedies (not including natural disasters) to affect the United States in the past ten years.
A few days ago, I heard about the Clackamas mall shooting (Oregon). There were not as
many victims, so it didn’t receive the same amount of media attention.
In an earlier post, I wrote about the theater shooting in Colorado, perpetrated by James Holmes.
I remember hearing about the Tucson shooting in January 2011.
I remember hearing about the Virginia Tech shooting on April 16, 2007.
I remember hearing about the Red Lake shooting in 2005.
And of course, we all remember the Columbine massacre, on April 20, 1999, and the many other copycat shootings that followed it. Columbine wasn’t even the first school or public shooting rampage; there were many others before it. That one happened to be the bloodiest at the time, so it received the most media attention. If you took a journalism class, or if you were ever a journalist, I’m sure you know the saying, “If it bleeds, it leads.” I won’t explain it further.
All of these shootings I just listed were caused by young men who obviously had serious problems, so we could come to the conclusion that there is something wrong with our young men. But that’s not necessarily the correct conclusion. We can blame our young men’s problems on video games and violent TV shows and neglectful parents and movies and books and the Internet and mental illness. That’s not always the correct conclusion either.
I am sick of hearing about these shootings. Movie theaters, schools, malls, etc. were all thought of as safe places where you could expect a degree of peace. Not anymore. We can argue night and day about gun control and never get anywhere.
There is something wrong with our society. We live in a sick world. Those who are in office or who hold power are often the last people in the world who should hold power. And it has always been this way throughout history. We are human and we fail. But I am not apologizing for the shooters. I will never apologize for the shooters. As humans, we also have intelligence. We have the capability to prevent these things from happening, to study them, to analyze. We could fix our society.
I do not believe that we will fix society. I believe whatever wounds have been inflicted upon it over the years have grown too big to be closed in time and they will keep bleeding. I don’t have an optimistic message after this tragedy… the slaughter of innocent children gets me too upset.