Buffalo? Uvalde? I still haven’t wrapped my head around Sandy Hook. How about Parkland? And…… and………. Orlando……… and Denver……….. and Aurora…….. and ……… I think I’m getting them mixed up. How many died in each? You’ve got to be kidding. If I can’t remember the names and places of the mass shootings, how am I supposed to remember the death toll, let along the kids’ names.
This is America. No matter how you cut it – culture, gun availability, economic circumstances, mental status, religion,…no matter what, we come out ahead. We Americans.
There is a reason we do not want the history of this country taught in schools. Other countries slaughter each other in wars and revolutions; we do it slowly, by concert hall, dance hall, soccer game, school house, union hall, anywhere that two or more of us are gathered, there you will find an angry person with a gun, all going back to the O.K. Corral.
Our wars were primarily with scattered ethnic groups of indigenous people and the war consisted of massacring family groups, camp sites of old men and women and children. Violence was the rule not only with Native Americans but with the slaves. Day in and day out violence. And not just White on Others but White on White. The gun fights depicted in movies were not all that common but straight up shoot-outs occurred constantly. Feuds, robberies, rapes, take-overs of farms and mines, chasing competitors out of town, breaking unions…. all down with violence. Some immigrants brought it with them, primarily the Scots-Irish, but the Italians, the Chinese tongs, and other numerous secret societies.
The mix was volatile and the patterns were set from the beginning. That is why the teaching of our history in schools is resisted. We might raise a generation that would find the status of gun cultists embarrassing and embark on an opposing paradigm of what it means to be an American. Something that doesn’t involve killing someone.