I’m tired of writing about mass shootings

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I can’t speak for the other columnists, but I’m exhausted.

How many different and creative ways can you write about it?

But we have to, especially because everything in life starts with a thought, and if we’re lucky, we might find a solution despite ourselves.

Still.

There’s nothing new or creative to say about the mass shootings since Sandy Hook, when it was naively assumed that dead freshmen and teachers would be the catalyst; that surely, surely, something will change now.

Although 90% of Americans would like to see changes to gun policies, the people who work for us have staunchly refused to receive anything new.

They keep getting kicked out of the office so really why should they?

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They will continue to do what they have always done: pole dancing for their base and big-cheque lobbyists, then play the clock and wait for the outrage to die down.

If it wasn’t such a cynical thing to do, maybe journalists should just create a main story with blank spaces as needed for different details:

Today —– people were shot dead, including —- fatally when a gunman opened fire at —–.

According to the police, the shooter used a ——.

He was taken into custody.

The governor ——– has called for more resources for mental health services, although last year he signed a budget that included cuts in funding for such treatment.

“It has to stop,” he said. “Americans have the right to live in safety.

“We offer our thoughts and prayers to the families.”

Senator —– called to arm teachers.

“We need to make our schools a harder target,” he said. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to the families.”

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The Buffalo and Uvalde massacres once again underscore what is an American problem, and it is not mental illness.

What happened in the last two weeks; what happened at Emmanuel AME Church, Tree of Life Synagogue, Las Vegas only happens here.

And if that only happens here, what’s the X factor if not for people to have easy access to weapons designed for warfare?

So how have governors across the country reacted to this American phenomenon? By signing bills eliminating the need for a license or training on a gun and, as is the case in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott calling for more mental health treatment knowing full well that he has just slashed $211 million from the state budget.

Make sense.

We have officials who tout the merits of having armed teachers in classrooms – the same people they say they can’t trust to teach American history?

So there is money available for guns – which are not cheap – but not for notebooks, pencils and tissues?

If Uvalde cops couldn’t take on someone spraying the halls with an AR-15, if a retired Buffalo cop couldn’t stop a shooter, what makes a librarian think school terrified could do it?

Make sense.

things are falling apart

You didn’t need to know Joe Garcia to know he died of a broken heart just two days after his wife, Irma, his high school sweetheart, was among those murdered at Uvalde.

Married for 24 years, they leave behind four children.

Their story reminds us that the dead are not the only victims of a mass shooting. We’ve had so many that it can be easy to forget that each incident is deeply personal to someone.

Families are broken and broken. The survivors are marked forever.

A community becomes synonymous.

We know this to be true: if we don’t change, if we don’t even try, we’ll make it true Poetic Prediction by William Butler Yeats:

“Toss and turn in the widening gyre (spiral)

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things are falling apart; the center cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is unleashed upon the world,

The bloody tide is unleashed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack conviction, while the worst

They are full of passionate intensity…”

Charita M. Goshay is an editor for the Canton Repository and a member of the Editorial Board. Contact her at 330-580-8313 or [email protected] On Twitter: @cgoshayREP


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