This morning, our nation was once again wracked with senseless, heartwrenching violence against schoolchildren. An unknown gunman, believed to be a student, killed eight to ten people at the Santa Fe High School in Texas in what was our nation’s 101st mass shooting of the year, according to Gun Violence Archive.
The numbing sense of tragic resignation and frustration that we all feel in the aftermath of these interminable killings was brutally compounded by a surviving student’s interview, in which she was asked whether she was shocked and if she had ever wondered if this could ever happen at her school.
Reporter: "Was there a part of you that was like, 'this isn't real, this would not happen in my school?'"
— Talya Minsberg (@tminsberg) May 18, 2018
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Her answer will rock you to your core.
“No…there wasn’t. It’s been happening everywhere, I’ve always kind of felt that it was going to happen here too.”
This is the reality that we live in. Thanks to the gallery of spineless sellouts that somehow keep getting re-elected to Congress time and time again, any kind of common sense gun reform, anything at all that might stem the endless tide of violence that kills tens of thousands of America every year never even comes close to fruition.
Thanks to them, our children are growing up with not just the fear of a mass shooting but the expectation that one day one of their peers will try to kill them in their schools.
America is a nation that seethes violence, and the powers that be have decided that is an acceptable state of affairs.
Whether it’s offering empty condolences to mass shooting victims or turning a blind eye to the mass slaughter of Palestinians by our Israeli allies, or simply ignoring the 6,000 innocent Middle Eastern civilians who have been butchered by American bombs in just the past year or excusing the systematic killing of black Americans by police officers, our political establishment has coated our nation in blood – and sadly, there’s no sign of any of that changing any time soon.
Her words are a damning indictment of our entire nation and everyone in it.