We as a nation, as individuals trying to make it through the day in the midst of a pandemic, have been shouldering the additional burden of living our days wondering where the next mass shooting will be, where the next angry, disturbed, delusional perpetrator is lurking.
Is he (most likely he) somewhere close by? Does he have designs on distinguishing himself with a record body count? Was he able to get his hands on an assault weapon or two, hardly any questions asked?
Is today the day someone heads to the local big box store to pick up light bulbs or grass seed, only to find themselves running for cover, bodies in the aisles?
Is anyone in the Senate- yes, you, Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey and Mitch McConnell and the whole fucking lot of you still kowtowing to the NRA- seeing what we’re seeing? Is “being aware of our surroundings,” plotting escape routes and noticing exit signs just the price we should be willing to pay for citizenship in a country where there are more guns than people?
How much pain are you willing to ignore? How much insanity are you capable of dismissing? Surely you must know that we can’t go on like this.
This can’t be the normal we return to.