We don’t really know where to start this Monday morning, as was the case after Colorado Springs; after San Bernardino; after Charleston, S.C., after Fort Hood, Texas; after Newtown, Conn; after Aurora Colorado, etc. etc. These tragic events leave us speechless and unsure how to proceed. To let these terrorists break us from our routines and disrupt our lives is exactly what they want. But to proceed as normal and quickly move past these tragedies is exactly what so many politicians who do not want to take responsibility for these mass killings want.
After the shooting in Charleston, Jon Stewart reminded us that, even after staring into the abyss, “we still won’t do jack shit.” Charleston happened a year ago this month, and Stewart was right: We didn’t do jack shit. I don’t know that we ever will.
Today, we’re going to move on. We’re going to talk about Game of Thrones. We’re going to talk about last night’s Tony Awards, and we’re going to talk about Warcraft, because that’s what we do. Because we don’t know what else to do. Because the best thing we can do is to remind you all that we’re still here and that, as John Oliver said in the opening to last night’s This Week Tonight: “That terrorist dipsh*t is vastly outnumbered.” There are more of us than there are of them, and we will keep going to our schools, we’ll keep going to our universities, we’ll keep going to movie theaters, and night clubs. We will grieve for those we have lost, and we will continue to pursue changes in our gun laws and elect representatives who will push them through. But more than anything, we will be here.
After the next mass shooting — and there will be more, maybe next week, maybe next month, maybe this afternoon — we will still be here, writing about Game of Thrones, talking about awards shows, covering the latest movies. We will not be defined by hateful madmen. I’d like to say we will be defined by our determination to make the changes necessary to prevent these mass shootings, but we may have to settle for being defined by our unflappable ability to continue living our lives in spite of those hateful madmen.