Friday, May 18, 2018

now familiar

Every time it happens, The Onion posts the same headline. It's a thing, it is now familiar, yet it still goes viral every time. It hits close to home, all of this does. It hurts.  These are our fucking kids, our lives. Our reality.

We thought we were getting somewhere after Parkland, when students around the world felt empowered and inspired by the way their Florida peers were standing up.

San Diego, 55 days ago

Sante Fe High School, 28 days ago

We have gotten nowhere.

If you missed it, here's today's edition:

‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens

SANTA FE, TX—In the hours following a violent rampage in Texas in which a lone attacker killed eight individuals and seriously injured several others, citizens living in the only country where this kind of mass killing routinely occurs reportedly concluded Friday that there was no way to prevent the massacre from taking place. “This was a terrible tragedy, but sometimes these things just happen and there’s nothing anyone can do to stop them,” said Ohio resident Erica Webb, echoing sentiments expressed by tens of millions of individuals who reside in a nation where over half of the world’s deadliest mass shootings have occurred in the past 50 years and whose citizens are 20 times more likely to die of gun violence than those of other developed nations. “It’s a shame, but what can we do? There really wasn’t anything that was going to keep this individual from snapping and killing a lot of people if that’s what they really wanted.” At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”

1 comment:

Me, You, or Ellie said...

Helpless my ass. Except it *does* feel helpless, with all the gd thoughts and prayers, and all the gd nothing changing. And then the next one happens, and nothing changes again.

It's a horror, an embarrassment, and a miserable excuse for a so-called civilized country.

"now familiar" says it all.

Thanks for this. Love you.