Some Kind of Sick Game

Some Kind of Sick Game

Enough is enough. 

Within the last 40 days more than 80 families are mourning the loss of a loved one.

October 1, 2017: 58 lives lost in Las Vegas

November 5, 2017: 26 lives lost in Sutherland Springs

That number of deceased does not include the eight killed by a terrorist in Lower Manhattan just six days before the deadly attack at a church in southern Texas. 

Every time an incident like this happens the same response follows: the reports come in from the media, people are shocked, members of our government acknowledge the carnage, locals attend vigils and we mourn. 

The next day, we analyze: “How could something like this happen?” We question: “What could we have done to stop this from happening?” We blame, we shake our heads in anger and we call on others to make a change.

Then we forget.

This is what is fueling the fire of the deranged people who decide to load a gun, hop a curve or create an explosive with the intention of hurting others. It’s like some kind of sick game; who can shoot the most people, who can take the most lives, who can reign supreme as the gunman who led the largest mass shooting in the United States?

Just last year we thought we’d seen the worst of it. Forty-nine people killed in an Orlando nightclub. The news came and went and we retreated to our normalcy before the next violent incident rattled our comfortable mindsets that, “This could never happen to anyone I know.” 

Those who are thinking of weaponizing something for mass destruction see this cycle. They see the carnage, the outrage and eventually the complicity. Why shouldn’t they take a stab at being on top? Nothing is changing. Each mass shooting just helps them learn more and adapt to the reaction of civilians and law enforcement. 

I’m not going to say I know what the solution is, but isn’t it obvious that we are desperately in need of something to make all this stop?

Enough is enough. 

Posted by Sydny Shepard on Nov 07, 2017

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