Leaders from all corners of the United States console grieving relatives and friends of those lost at the hands of another murderer. The story and images are all too common and desensitizing.
Our leaders speak of tragedy.
But the real tragedy is letting this continue, and allowing the violence and murder to be so easy and convenient.
Apparently, the latest act of senseless, peculiarly American violence comes at the hands of a 21-year old who was recently given a gun for his birthday. Most civilized nations tend to give different types of gifts. But, this is the land of the Second Amendment after all.
And, this time the location wasn’t a school or a movie theater, but a house of peace and worship. A tragic irony.
We are all complicit in acts like these through our inaction. So relax, do nothing, embrace the status-quo and let the weapon sales continue. Then just wait and beware the next time you visit:
a school or
a movie theater or
a post office or
a fast food restaurant or
a museum or
a car or
a parking lot or
a university or
a military base or
a community center or
Read more from the NYT.
Image: SIG Pro semi-automatic pistol. Courtesy of Augustas Didžgalvis, 2012. Wikipedia.