Since this is America, the question is not really whether we’ve had a mass shooting today so much as whether we’re hearing about it.
Well, today, we’re hearing about it.
Police in San Bernardino, California are responding to reports of an active shooter in an office building. There are 20 victims, according to the fire department. The location is around the corner from a Planned Parenthood.
As of this writing, the story reports 12 fatalities.
I’m not even angry at this point so much as disgusted.
There has been. Another. Shooting.
This one, at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. Two people killed, and the shooter committed suicide. Did no one ever tell him to USE THE FIRST BULLET ON HIMSELF?
I’m low on details, and for now I’m too fucking exhausted to seek out more info. When I want a more coherent story, I can always check in with my Twitter peeps. They’re on top of it.
The shooter was a late-middle-aged white guy. Close to my parents’ age. Apparently had Tea Party loyalties. Which means the big media sources aren’t going to call him a domestic terrorist. He’ll be a lone wolf, and probably with some mental health issues.
I am just so fucking fed up with seeing this shit happen in my country. How many more fucking times does this have to happen before we Americans finally ask ourselves what the fuck is wrong with us?
A freshman boy in high school near Seattle, Washington opened fire on his classmates today. I’m sort of relieved that the body count is only two dead (including the shooter) and four wounded. Is that fucked up? I live in a country with so damn many mass shootings that my reaction to this one is to think it could’ve been a lot worse.
Either way, this is the context:
Several students identified the shooter as Jaylen Fryberg.
Jarron Webb, 15, said the shooter was angry at a girl who would not date him, and that the girl was one of the people shot.
Great. Now we’re gonna deal with another round of #NotAllMen.
Richard Young, who knows the Fryberg family and has a son at the high school, said he’s heard community members describe Jaylen as “a really good kid.”
“He was well liked,” Young said. “It’s just a big shock to everybody.”
Fryberg’s postings on Twitter are full of angst, with his most recent posting on Thursday morning saying, “It won’t last…. It’ll never last….”
“I should have listened…. You were right,” he wrote in another message earlier in the week.
Other images on social media showed him joyful, playing sports and spending time with his girlfriend. One image shows him proudly holding the antler of a deer, with a hunting rifle next to him.
And since this shooting was relatively small in scale, it’ll give us even less impetus than usual to restrict access to bullets.
It seems we’re averaging about 3 mass shootings a week here in the great US of A. If you’re planning to visit our country soon, maybe change your plans. We’re busy throwing a huge tantrum and we should not be allowed to have friends over until we clean up our act.
I am so, so disturbed at the deaths of those elementary students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary today. I feel so bad for the families who’ve lost their loved ones, for the children who witnessed the shooting, and for the teachers who saw their students under attack.
I’ve taught teenagers. I’ve also been a camp counselor with younger kids. If a crazed gunman came into my class and started shooting at my charges, I’d like to say I’d go ballistic to protect the kids. Doesn’t mean I’d succeed in saving any lives.