On March 22nd, a grocery store in Colorado began the day with shoppers purchasing their home goods.
By the end of the day, their worst fears came true. A stranger arrived in the store with an AR-15 assault rifle and started shooting the customers.
He killed ten people, including a police officer. And he almost got away.
And the worst part about this … isn’t the shooting.
It’s the aftermath.
It’s the aftermath of family who saw their loved ones go to the grocery store – and are now planning funerals.
It’s the aftermath of shoppers who had to “shelter in place” because of a “code red” shooting that took away other shoppers, one by one.
It’s the aftermath of grocery store workers who bravely hid their customers wherever they could, lest the shooter find them and exact his twisted desires of slaughter and carnage.
It’s the aftermath of police and first responders who rescued as many shoppers as they could – and who later found the shooter and took him alive.
It’s the aftermath of elected officials arguing that “now is not the time to discuss gun control so soon after a tragedy like this.” Yeah. The same elected officials who wouldn’t discuss gun control after Parkland. Or Las Vegas. Or Newtown. Or Virginia Tech. Or Columbine. Or Simon’s Rock. Or a church in South Carolina. Or a movie theater in Colorado. Or a nightclub in Orlando. Or the massage parlors in Atlanta. Or the Walmart in El Paso.
It’s the aftermath of right-wing blowhards with online radio shows and fringe YouTube channels who will claim that the Colorado grocery store shootings were a false flag, a hoax, a fake story created by actors to cover up some other nefarious deed orchestrated by Hillary Clinton.
It’s the aftermath of saying “thoughts and prayers to the community,” knowing that thoughts and prayers offer little solace to families who will never see their sons or daughters alive again.
It’s the aftermath of people looking for the name of the shooter and questioning if he was in the country illegally or if he was a minority that might have been radicalized by the Islamic State. Because if that was the case, then those people could use that as part of their own twisted political agenda. And then discovering that the person was a white male, in a state where a gun-toting QAnon blowhard was elected to the House of Representatives, who posed with her own full collection of assault weapons, and then hypocritically posted this tweet.
Yeah, Lauren Boebert is a chud.
It’s the aftermath of us saying, “What can we, as a nation, do about tragedies like this?”
It’s the aftermath of knowing it will happen again. No matter how many drills, no matter how many rehearsals, no matter how many times we check identifications at the front door and how many times we inspect bookbags before entering class.
That’s the worst part. Knowing that it will happen again.
And when it does … we will see heroes that will save as many children as they can.
And we will see angels that will save the children that the heroes could not.
And we will go through this vicious cycle once again.
If we don’t stop this vicious cycle now …
It will indeed prove how short our memories are.
And you know what the most fucked-up thing about this is?
I wrote the lion’s share of this blog post THREE YEARS AGO after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, Florida. And all I had to do was change the dates and the number of murdered, innocent souls, and add a tweet from Lauren Boebert.
It shouldn’t be this easy to write a blog post as painful as this.
And I don’t want to have to write this again, three days or three years down the road.
I think it’s to late for gun control.
There are even random shootings in Albany.
We don’t know when or where the next kook will let loose.
The “random shootings” in Albany aren’t really random, as they usually involve one thing and one thing only. Drugs.
While America (im)patiently waits to learn about Rocky Mountain John Doe, we need to concern ourselves not with gun control, but, rather, identifying potential “copycats” with similar psych issues. Whether it’s teens with self-esteem issues or adults frustrated with their station in life, future background checks for potential gun owners should include psych questions.
Get rid of the Trumpzis. Every last one. If the USA is not willing to do that these tragedies will just continue. If you accept the right-wing extremists in your society you will have to live with their actions, and that means more mass-murders by psychopaths with guns.
That really is it. You’d be amazed how many countries this doesn’t happen in.
Boebert is a dangerous clown. Gun control laws do work, as evidenced in Australia, UK,, etc. America will never solve it gun problem, but a good analogy is with speeding laws. Yes, people still speed, but the number of deaths due to speeding has gone down in the wake of 55 MPH speed limits. People still drink and drive, but as DUI laws increase in severity, the number of Drunk Driving arrests, and the death and injuries because of it, have gone down.
The Founding Fathers could not have imagined the kind of guns we have available today.
“Thoughts and prayers.” Ugh.
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