nadinbrzezinski (106,468 posts)
Don't shoot the messenger [View all]
When Columbine happened I went... this has to finally click.
When Tucson happened, same thing.
When Virginia tech happened, well you get the picture.
I expect to have reasonable laws SOMEDAY... but that will only happen only after shootings, mass casualty shootings, become such a new normal that people finally get it. Mostly because they get tired of it.
Chalk it to years in the streets as a medic, but Columbine horrified me... this... not really, not anymore... and I know now a lot more of these incidents will occur, before we, as a people, finally get it.
And no, this does not mean I want to grab your guns... but when we cannot even have a civilized discussion on background checks at the local gun show... well then... this is the result, and we will get more of then, more often... until politicians say enough is enough, and citizens say enough is enough. Until then, welcome to the new normal.
Of course politicians may also over react and increase the security state, but hey... it would be a consequence of this.
My question now, should I go watch a movie at a movie theater or just wait for it to come out in DVD and rent it? And no, that is not a question in jest. What other places should I avoid, unless the job requires it? Again, not kidding... but if this is the new normal, one has to adjust to the new normal. I am reminded of the conversations I had with Israelis, who avoided things like Pizza shops after they became well... targets...
By the way, getting it also means taking mental health seriously. It also means taking things like what some of our radio shock jocks say seriously as well.
Yup, if I could, at times I wish I could leave this insane asylum... which is what at times the country is starting to resemble.