Here we go again. We’ve been in this mind space before. Many times. We’ve been shocked, dismayed, heartbroken, crushed, dumbfounded, angry, bitter — I can keep going with a lexicon of the reactions which are common every single time there is senseless bloodshed and death from an automatic weapon.
We keep saying with each episode that maybe “this is the one” the mass shooting that will somehow turn the tide. And it never is. That said, something’s gotta give, just like the song says. We are in dystopia right now. It’s not one mass shooting, space of time, then another. No, it is mass shootings on the same day. And we’ve had seven in one weekend.
The shootings are like labor pains, they’re coming faster and closer together. I don’t even want to speculate what they’re giving birth to. Watching the news these days is like one of those supernatural horror movies where Satan comes back to rule, Rosemary’s Baby with an AR-15 and bump stock.
The American right-wing mindset. If you aren’t heavily armed with an arsenal of war, you are a slave. pic.twitter.com/OSNZJLkJL0
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 7, 2023
Your first two sentences are incredibly wrong and naive, and your third sentence is nonsensical drivel.
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) May 7, 2023
Here is another thought I found worthwhile.
— NoelCaslerComedy🌙 (@caslernoel) May 7, 2023
In my life I have been friends with the veterans of different wars, WWII, Korea, Vietnam. They’ve told me stories. They all shared the shock of being in a war zone, playing poker one night, or watching a movie, whatever, with a certain group of people and then the next night, not everybody was there. Some of them were dead.
That’s a pretty chilling idea to contemplate, but the fact is, we now live in a society where there’s enough gun play that you don’t know when you go to the market if you’re going to make it home. You don’t know when your kid goes to school if s/he’s going to come home that afternoon. Your spouse might never come home from work.
The level of tragedy from guns is mounting. Anybody who doesn’t think so is a damn fool.
Here’s what happened this weekend. Seven shootings. Raw Story:
CNN reported Sunday afternoon that in Chico, California, six people were shot and one died, a 17-year-old young woman.
“The victims included the 17-year-old girl who died; a 21-year-old man who was admitted into an area hospital and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries; a 20-year-old man who has been discharged from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries; a 19-year-old man who was admitted into an area hospital and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries; an 18-year-old man who was discharged from the hospital with non-life threatening injuries; and another 17-year-old girl who was admitted into an area hospital and is in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries,” the report listed.
Gunfire erupted in a restaurant Friday night in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, leaving one 19-year-old young man dead and six others injured, WLOX reported Saturday. Most of those shot were able to be released the following day except for one 19-year-old young lady who was still recovering. Police believe that it was gang-related, but those injured were innocent bystanders.
The report cited the popular nightspot North High Street, from First Avenue to Goodale Street, where one incident occurred on Friday. […]
Another shooting happened in Miami Beach over the weekend, with one dead and two injured. Because only three people were involved, it doesn’t meet the four-victim mass shooting requirement. That would have brought the weekend shooting rate to ten.
“The club’s security ran out to the street. The women ran out of the club crying and were all shaken up,” an individual told WSVN, but did not want to be identified on camera. They tried calm the down. Due to all the noise, the gunshots couldn’t be heard. It was really bad, really bad.”
About an hour later, early Saturday at 3:30 a.m., officers responded to another report of shots fired in the 1400 block of St. Clair Avenue. Five people had gunshot wounds, and one person, Taylin Roland, 28, died at the scene. Investigators believe that another man, Keith Pleasant, 29, was killed by a self-inflicted wound. He later died at the hospital.
Six others were taken to area hospitals and are expected to survive, with only one remaining.
A third shooting broke out in Columbus a little over an hour after the second shooting related to an argument. At approximately 4:40 a.m., shots were reportedly fired in the 500 block of East Whittier Street. David Davis, 36, was found with a gunshot wound. He died just after 5 a.m., however. A suspect was identified, but the person wasn’t arrested as of late Saturday morning.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas, had a shooting early on Sunday morning that left a 17-year-old young woman dead, according to the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
“A group of people were reportedly gathered at the park when an altercation began, and someone started shooting,” police said in a news release. “Both of the victims were transported from MLK Park to Jefferson Regional Medical Center by personal vehicle. Two other people with non-life threatening injuries resulting from the incident were also treated at JRMC.”
An underage suspect was released, and police are unsure of what the motive was or any other details.
Two people were killed in St. Louis, Missouri, Sunday, and two others that were injured survived, KMOV4 reported.
“SLMPD says this shooting happened around 2 a.m. Sunday morning in the 2100 block of Branch Street. Two female victims, 18 and 17, were pronounced dead on scene. In addition, two other 18-year-old victims were taken to the hospital for treatment of their gunshot wounds,” said the report. […]
According to The Natchez Democrat, the Natchez shooting happened in the parking lot of a nightclub. No other information has been released as many of those involved are minors.
The Vicksburg shooting that left four injured was dismissed by police as something they could have stopped, WAPT reported.
“I think when these people just finally made up their mind, it’s what they wanted to do, they were going to do it whether we were there at the time, Vicksburg police, or security was in the parking lot. They were going to do what they were going to do to try to accomplish their goal,” said Vicksburg police Chief Penny Jones.
“I think people just tend to react on their emotions without thinking about the consequence,” said Zach Nord, an individual who said he heard the incident as it unfolded.
There are people who are emotionally unhinged who have weapons of war at their disposal. That is not a histrionic statement. That’s a plain fact.