Schools. Theaters. Prosecutors. Innocent people everywhere.
People try pointing to studies that say that gun violence has not escalated, it's just being reported more. I personally disagree with that, for reasons I will get to anon.
In the middle of all this are regular citizens, trying to make sense of it all. Why is this happening?
I'm about to present my opinion of why there is so much gun violence all of a sudden, why these things are happening. This is just my opinion. I could be wrong now, but I don't think so.
What we are seeing is the result of the sore losers who lost the election to Obama.
When Obama became President, people who didn't vote for him did everything they could to discredit him and to build up resentment in the populous. The goal was simple -- motivate enough people to be angry at the Establishment, and they'll vote someone else in. And when you have only two choices, who do you think will get those votes?
Those of you who think I'm talking bullshit, remember when Obamacare passed. (Full disclosure: I opposed Obamacare, but for reasons unrelated to this post.) People started talking about shooting the Congressmen who passed it, like America was a friggin' banana republic. Open talk about shooting Democrats who passed Obamacare.
Did the R's say, "Whoa! You're talking crazy! This is America, goddammit! We work together! We do NOT kill people just because we disagree with them!"? Nope, they kept quiet. And kept fanning the flames of resentment for two more years. During the R's primary, Rick Santorum was at a rifle competition, and while lining up his target, mics caught someone in the audience urging him to pretend the target was Obama. Did Santorum say anything, either on the spot or afterwards in case he just didn't hear that above the noise? "No, pretending a shooting target is Obama is wrong and not funny?" Nope. Kept quiet. Silence was tacit approval of the rage motivating the comments.
Unfortunately, it backfired. People didn't trust Obama to run the country, but given a choice between someone who might not know how to fix the economy and someone who might not know either but was far more likely to chip away at gay rights and womens' rights and reproductive rights....the gamble of "Anyone but Obama" failed.
So now you have an entire undercurrent that has been conditioned for the past five years that might makes right with no outlet for their darker motivations. So they pick the most convenient target.
Whatever your feelings on gun control, the problem of societal violence is not going to go away. It will just be acted out with different weapons. We have seen these dark motivations spread like a cancer through our collective consciousness. And until we deal with that, not pay lip service to violence is wrong, we're going to see these days continue.
Until there is no one left.