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No One Deserves This

By Dustin Rowles | News Stories | October 2, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | News Stories | October 2, 2017 |

How would you all like to approach today’s most deadly shooting in American history? I don’t have the stomach to look at social media this morning because this has happened so many times now that the response seems to operate as if off a script.

Was he white? If no, then it’s a terrorist attack. If yes, then it’s a “lone wolf” shooter.

Did he use a military-style semi-automatic weapon? If yes, then he must have been mentally ill. If he used handguns, then the answer is obviously more guns, not less. If those concertgoers had been armed, then perhaps they could have shot up into an unknown window, in the dark, from a very long distance, and killed the gunmen.

“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” “Of course, it’s a “terrorist attack.” “We don’t need your thoughts and prayers, Congress people. We need gun-control legislation.” Rinse, repeat.

A 64-year-old man with at least eight weapons shot and killed at least 50 people and wounded over 400 more. He had a female companion. The gunman shot down on an outdoor country music concert from a room in a hi-rise hotel. More people may have died had it not been for the bravery of many, many police officers who ran toward the gunfire (and regardless of how this week’s gun conversation goes, that should not be forgotten). Literally, nothing could have been done to prevent this, except preventing the gunman from accessing a military style weapon (from what I understand from a witness on the news this morning, it sounded like the gunman used an AR-15 assault rifle. I know nothing about weapons, but I am deeply familiar with AR-15s, because it seems like they always end up being used in these mass shootings).

We are not going to prevent anyone from accessing these weapons. If it didn’t happen after Sandy Hook when children were murdered, it’s not going to happen now. We can call our representatives. We can gnash our teeth and send out angry tweets. 50 people can die. 100 people. 1000. It won’t matter. A day, a week, a month, or a year from now we will be having the exact same conversation while Congressional leaders sends their thoughts and prayers (and our President sends his “warmest” condolences).

It won’t change. It will never change. There are too many special interests who have a financial stake in others possessing their weapons of massive deadly force. Our politicians are too weak to stand up to them. Becoming a victim in a mass shooting will simply have to become part of the calculus of living. It could happen in a school. It could happen in a workplace, on a subway, in a nightclub, a movie theater, at a peaceful protest, or at an outdoor concert. It could even happen to our politicians, and nothing will change. There is literally nothing we can do except go on with our lives and hope for the best.

To the victims and their families of the Las Vegas shooting, of the Pulse nightclub shooting, of Sandy Hook, of the Aurora shooting, and of the many, many mass shootings in the United States: I am sorry. I am sorry we are not a better country; I am sorry our leaders could would not protect you. I am sorry that your lives, your hurt, your anger, your grief, and your outrage will not change a goddamn thing. I am sorry that the United States will never learn anything from these events. None of you deserved this.

Photo: Getty Images/ABC News

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