Okay America, You Know the Drill

Let’s begin with the obligatory thoughts and prayers.

First, the thoughts:  “oh no! not again! why does this keep happening in America? oh, violent video games; ya, I’ve seen them; some of them are pretty violent! I remember video games from when I was a kid — Asteroids and Pac-Man on my Atari 2600 were kewl; nothing like today; but don’t they have the same violent video games in Japan? they must have an epidemic of mass-shootings too; wait what? they don’t? but cause and effect! Republicans and President Trump blamed video games; how come they ‘cause' Americans to go on shooting rampages, but not the Japanese, or the British, or the…? forgive me for saying this, because I don’t want to sound un-American, and I do want America to be great, but I think Republicans and President Trump might be wrong.”

Okay, and now the prayers:  “dear God, it’s me, Matt, ya that one, we just had two more of those mass-shootings, three if you count the one at the garlic festival in Gilroy, and prayers are mandatory, along with thoughts, so I’m just doing my duty as an American; lemme see, I got some notes here, oh right — I am contacting you regarding the most recent and totally horrific mass-shooting in a __college __high school __elementary school __bar/nightclub __park _X_public space _X_shopping mall __concert __movie theater __parking lot __church __synagogue __fake church (something called a “mosque”)… please comfort the families, friends, and loved ones of those who were killed, and help us blame mental health, gay marriage, President Obama, transgender women in women’s bathrooms, China, teaching evolution in schools, and the war on Christmas… God bless America [place hand on heart].”

Huh?  Oh ya, I forgot to add that “our hearts go out” to the families of the victims.

United States of Guns

As of yesterday, August 5th, which was the 217th day of 2019, there have been 255 mass shootings in the US (cf, Gun Violence Archive).

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Until next time...

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