Let’s pretend, for a moment, that you are a 22-year-old college student in Kampala, Uganda. You’re sitting in class and discreetly scrolling through Facebook on your phone. You see that there has been another mass shooting in America, this time in a place called San Bernardino. You’ve never heard of it. You’ve never been to America. But you’ve certainly heard a lot about gun violence in the U.S. It seems like a new mass shooting happens every week.
You wonder if you could go there and get stricter gun legislation passed. You’d be a hero to the American people, a problem-solver, a lifesaver. How hard could it be? Maybe there’s a fellowship for high-minded people like you to go to America after college and train as social entrepreneurs. You could start the nonprofit organization that ends mass shootings, maybe even win a humanitarian award by the time you are 30.
Sound hopelessly naïve? Maybe even a little deluded? It is. And yet, it’s not much different from how too many Americans think about social change in the “Global South.”
If you asked a 22-year-old American about gun control in this country, she would probably tell you that it’s a lot more complicated than taking some workshops on social entrepreneurship and starting a non-profit. She might tell her counterpart from Kampala about the intractable nature of our legislative branch, the long history of gun culture in this country and its passionate defenders, the complexity of mental illness and its treatment. She would perhaps mention the added complication of agitating for change as an outsider.
But if you ask that same 22-year-old American about some of the most pressing problems in a place like Uganda — rural hunger or girl’s secondary education or homophobia — she might see them as solvable. Maybe even easily solvable.
I’ve begun to think about this trend as the reductive seduction of other people’s problems. It’s not malicious. In many ways, it’s psychologically defensible; we don’t know what we don’t know.
If you’re young, privileged, and interested in creating a life of meaning, of course you’d be attracted to solving problems that seem urgent and readily solvable. Of course you’d want to apply for prestigious fellowships that mark you as an ambitious altruist among your peers. Of course you’d want to fly on planes to exotic locations with, importantly, exotic problems.
There is a whole “industry” set up to nurture these desires and delusions — most notably, the 1.5 million nonprofit organizations registered in the U.S., many of them focused on helping people abroad. In other words, the young American ego doesn’t appear in a vacuum. Its hubris is encouraged through job and internship opportunities, conferences galore, and cultural propaganda — encompassed so fully in the patronizing, dangerously simple phrase “save the world.”
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This will be updated every time I hoard more links. Last Update: 4/02/15.
“I do not really understand myself these days. I am supposed to be an average reasonable and intelligent young man. However, lately (I cannot recall when it started) I have been a victim of many unusual and irrational thoughts.”
-Charles Whitman, who shot dead 16 people and wounded a further 32 others in the largest mass shooting in America:The UT Tower Shooting. It was later revealed that the most likely cause for his irrational thoughts was a brain tumor, the size of a pecan, which Whitman had suspected for quite some time. In a note Whitman wrote before the shooting he requested that: “After my death I wish that an autopsy would be performed on me to see if there is any visible physical disorder.”
The biggest mass shooting in America was a homophobic hate crime that happened not even a year ago and gay men are currently being killed and tortured in Russia but some of you fucking demonic little shits on this site are still complaining about gays “stealing the spotlight” from other ~oppressed identities~. Listen, no one knows what nonbinary or aroace means and be FUCKING grateful that people don’t want you dead over it. SHUT UP. It is and was NEVER about you, stop trying so hard to make yourselves out to be as vulnerable as gay people are. This isn’t a fucking game for fucks sake.
It doesn’t sound like any members of Congress will budge on their position on guns, which is a shame. Stricter gun control, along with a decrease in gun ownership, would be a step in the right direction towards reducing the number of mass shootings in America.
If somebody is intent on harming a human being or a group of human beings, they are going to find a way to do it, regardless of gun control.
• There was a man that filled a truck with fertilizer and killed 196 people in Oklahoma City.
• The September 11 attacks were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda, using high-jacked airliners as weapons.
• The Boston Marathon bombing was a terrorist attack, followed by subsequent related shootings, that occurred when two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013.
You look at the mass shootings of America and the world and the perpetrators are generally societal misfits seeking vengeance for some perceived wrong in their lives. I understand that guns have something to do with it, but I believe that there are more factors that should receive more attention, such as the mentality behind the individuals that committed these attacks, plus the mass shootings in the United States and the rest of the world. Gun control will just make things worse.
No offense (JK, full offense) but I’m officially done with people arguing that we don’t need gun laws. We need fucking gun laws. How many mass shootings have to happen before people stop and think “huh, what if we didn’t make assault weapons available to the public?”
There have already been 6 mass shootings in America in 2017. 6. It’s January 6th. That’s appalling and unacceptable. We need gun legislation.
And I don’t want to hear any second amendment bullshit either. The second amendment was developed when people were using fucking muskets. Can you imagine a mass shooting with a musket? Me neither. The founding fathers couldn’t even imagine machine guns and assault weapons in their craziest fever dreams, they didn’t have them in mind when they wrote the amendment.
I’m just tired of people saying gun legislation in unconstitutional or unnecessary
can u please stop blogging about the shooting in orlando!!!!!!
No. The simple answer is no. This was literally an act of terrorism (either domestic or international) and the single largest mass shooting in America. Literally an act of HATRED. A hate crime.
And more than that, 50 lives were lost. 53 were injured. Like these 103 people are PEOPLE. Mothers, Daughters, Brothers, Fathers, Friends, Family, Loved Ones.
And even more than that, this should NEVER happen again. This should have never happened in the first place. It’s 2016. This should not be a thing. You should be able to love whoever the fuck you want to and show it however you want to. Like why is someone else’s happiness so threatening to all the homophobic people out there??
Mind-freaking-blowing. For those 103 people injured or killed and their families. They deserve at least today (and honestly every day until this bullshit is no more). This needs to be spread. Just like that rapist “Stanford athlete” who is a rapist no matter what he does in his free time. These things need to be spread, and it needs to be known that THIS. IS. NOT. ACCEPTABLE. This is not okay. This WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.
If you don’t agree with me and don’t see the importance and significance of this CRUCIAL issue, then please feel free to click that unfollow button. And read up on the news and learn some compassion. I hope that something like this never happens to you or your family no matter how intolerant you are, because NO ONE deserves this.
Today, I am thinking about the beautiful angels we lost last year during Pulse’s shooting in Orlando. It was the deadliest mass shooting in America, and it saddens me that people look at it as something that was deserving based on whom they choose to love or whom they respect and support. It saddens me to think of the people who choose to ignore the issue because they don’t see it belonging to them or affecting them. It hurts when people use this conversation to further fuel hate and discrimination amongst our Muslim and Arab brothers and sisters. And when I consistently see the erasure of people of color who were there that night, I fight to hold back tears.
Targeted on Latin night. Killed not in a gay club, but a sanctuary where expression isn’t limited to societal norms. I can’t forget.
I want to remember the spirit of the 49 victims at Pulse. Who are in my heart today, and everyday.
Akyra M. Murray, 18 Alejandro B. Martinez, 21 Amanda Alvear and Mercedez M. Flores, 25 and 26 Angel L. Candelario - Padro, 28 Anthony L. Laureano, 25 Antonio Devon Brown, 29 Brenda Lee Marquez, 49 Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 Cory James Eonell, 21 Darryl “DJ” Roman Burt, 29 Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 32 Edward Sotomayor Jr, 34 Enrique L. Rios Jr, 25 Eric Ivan Ortiz Rivera, 36 Frank Hernandez, 27 Franky Jimmy D. Velasquez, 50 Geraldo A. “Drake” Ortiz Jimenez, 25 Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 Javier Jorge Reyes, 40 Jean C. Nieves Rodriguez, 27 Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 Joel Rayon Paniague, 32 Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 Juan Chevez - Martinez, 25 Juan Pablo Rivera Velazquez, 37 Juan Ramon Guerrero and Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 22 and 32 Kimberly Morris, 37 Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 Luis Daniel Conde, 39 Luis Daniel Wilson Leon, 37 Luis Omar Ocasio - Capo, 20 Luis S. Vielma, 22 Martin Benitez Torres, 33 Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 Oscar A. Aracena-Montero and Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 26 and 31 Paul Terrell Henry , 41 Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 Stanley Almodovar III, 23 Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24
The song Bang Bang is about the culture of mass shooting that happens in America mixed with narcissistic social media. There’s this sort of rage happening, but it’s sort of now being filmed and we all have ourselves under surveillance.
isnt it great how when france/belgium/germany has a mass shooting or other attack from isis america starts screaming but when turkey has one that kills at least 39 people they go deadass quiet oh no wait thats disgusting