This is a number that most Americans simply don’t realize. There have been 352 shootings in America involving 4 or more victims since January 1st of this year. There have only been 336 days. Yes, we have had more mass shootings than days in this year. Did you ever think this could happen in our country?
By now you are no doubt fully aware of the San Bernardino shooting that occurred yesterday afternoon. So far the casualty count is 14 dead, 17 wounded but that may change by the time you read this. So far this year we’ve had a single mass shooting incident on 208 days and 81 days with 2 or more such incidents. It was only 5 days ago that we were shocked by the shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs.
It seems that this level of violence is becoming “normal” in the U.S. and what are we going to do about it? That’s an easy question to answer. The political left will use these senseless tragedies to make the case for more gun control laws. The political right will make the counter argument that we need more armed citizens, not less. It’s the same every time isn’t it? Perhaps we should ask the surviving family members their political views?
The bottom line is that all the talk in the world won’t stop bullets. So what’s the answer and how do we stop these types of incidents from occurring again and again? Do we place police in every building in the country? I have a funny feeling that just might not be possible. Do we place troops on every corner? Hmmm….. seems to me the logistics and cost might be a slight problem and most of us have no desire to live in a police state. So what do we do to prevent future shootings?
I suggest that we stop treating these events as a “political” issue and realize that we are under attack. It is nothing less than a “war” against the innocent public and until we begin to treat is as such I have no doubt it will continue to happen over and over again. My heart goes out to all of the victims and survivors of these horrific events and I pray that we can find a way to prevent this from becoming the “norm”. There is one thing I am sure of however; you can’t win a war without fighting it.