i am fully aware that stricter gun control regulations would not be an immediate fix to all the mass shootings just because america has long fostered a culture of violence and terrible tragedies are destined to happen no matter what… but literally what negative impact would stricter gun laws have?? maybe it wouldn’t be an immediate fix because “people will find a way to get them anyway” but is it not a step in the right direction?? like, i genuinely for the life of me can not understand why anyone would be against this
I just read that the Las Vegas shooting was the 273rd mass shooting in America THIS YEAR. As a Brit where guns are banned it is just shocking that there is not more uproar in the US over gun control. How can mentally ill people or anyone get access to weapons that have no other use but to cause mass casualties you will never need for self defence. How long will it take and how much more hurt does there have to be before actual regulations get put in place? It is just such a horrific thing to happen and so easily avoidable with sensible regulations.
the largest mass shooting in american history happened in vegas only a little over a year since the LAST largest mass shooting in american history that happened in orlando. america breaks its own record way too quickly.
the shooter was an old white dude. he was a terrorist. he was not mentally ill, and even if he happened to be mentally ill that sure as hell isnt why he shot those people. he wasn’t a lone wolf, whatever that means. he was a terrorist. if the shooter had turned out to be a poc like every racist was hoping for, people would be screaming “terrorism” until their throats chapped, well this is no different. this was terrorism committed by a white man (and statistically white men are the ones who commit the most mass shootings in america anyways so this really shouldn’t be news)
we need guns to be banned, or AT LEAST heavily regulated. at this point anyone who says otherwise is not only an idiot, but they are insulting the victims of vegas, of orlando, of sandy hook, and of whatever other place a mass shooting has taken place. i would try to name them all but there are too many to remember, to count, to keep track of. it happens so often here, it’s easy to almost feel as if mass shootings are normal and something that just happens. well it isn’t and they aren’t. this is terrorism, terrorism shouldn’t be the norm. we need to stop supplying these people with weaponry, with GUNS. if anyone tells you “now isn’t the time to talk about guns” they are full of shit.
every time i see a mass shooting in america, i go through a lot of emotions. sadness, anger, and i relieve one of the worst days of my life. see there are things that people don’t realize about gun violence until they experience it firsthand.
the media will invade your town, you’ll see news trucks parked all around town. people will crowd you for interviews. you’ll watch as memorials are built on the street corners. the press will hide in the bushes snapping pictures as you stand at a memorial and mourn. the flags will fly at half mast for weeks.you’ll see the funeral processions. a month from the date an overwhelming sadness will overcome everyone. people will call bomb threats into your schools just for laughs. and lockdown drills become no laughing matter. nothing will be done in classes for months. eventually the media will leave only to return on the year anniversary.
as for you, your heart will be broken, whether you knew anyone or not. you’ll remember that day in perfect detail for the rest of your life. you’ll have nightmares, and the names of the victims will be permanently engrained in your mind.whenever someone asks where your from you’ll have to answer, and they will look at you with sad eyes and ask you about it.
your community will be broken, but it will heal. and it will heal stronger than ever.
nothing will ever be the same for you, and for that i am so sorry.
to the people of sutherland springs, i am so sorry, no one should ever have to experience what you are going through right now. you’ll be in our hearts and prayers tonight
If I can ever get around to it, I’ll write a film essay on why Revenge for Jolly is probably one of the best takes on mass shootings in America.
The end of We Need To Talk About Kevin:
“You tell me why.”
“I used to think I knew, now I’m not so sure.”
But it’s bullshit ambiguity. It’s what CNN/Fox News/MSNBC do any time this happens. “We will never know!”
Every single scene of Revenge for Jolly, meanwhile, makes it clear exactly why what happened, happened. You get to know these guys. And you understand how every problem has added up and has driven them both utterly mad.
The only first world nation where a terrorist can shoot up an elementary school randomly targeting small children and even the Washington Post has decided it’s not extraordinary enough to go above the fold while still a “developing story.“
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.”
Here’s a grand masterlist of crime-related resources. This list is organized into categories, so it is recommended that you take advantage of the CTRL+F function on your keyboard. Let me know if something is amiss, if you have a crime-related post and want it added to this list, or if you want a category added.
WARNING: Links under the cut are not labeled with trigger warnings for images, titles, or mentions of triggering subjects. Please be careful.
This will be updated every time I hoard more links. Last Update: 4/02/15.