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    Default We have officially become inured to mass shootings.

    That there is not a discussion about the recent mass shootings on this list, as it is populated by articulate folks who are concerned with such things, tells me that as a society we have become inured. I guess that doing nothing after the massacre of children in Sandy Hook should have made that clear. And this isn't my invitation for such discussion, I know what I'd do if I were running things, but merely that the lack of it suggests something terrible about our national psyche and our evolving, new normal.

    Hopefully I'll be proven wrong by a tidal wave of the electorate but aside from eyewash, hand wringing and maybe the lone, impotent regulation, I don't think so.

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    Default Re: We have officially become inured to mass shootings.

    Thanks for this John. I'm taking quite a few more deep breaths today.

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    Default Re: We have officially become inured to mass shootings.

    If history is a guide... It's going to get worse before it gets better.

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    Default Re: We have officially become inured to mass shootings.

    This is what I wrote on my Facebook page.

    Did you ever wonder if shit was so bad for these shooters that maybe just maybe for once they'd point the weapon at themselves rather than others. Now that would take some balls.
    It's gonna take a monumental Howard Beale moment from all of us with a sense of decency to turn this around. Being incensed is only the start.
    That's where I'm at with this. So many since (and before) Columbine. I'm near desensitized. I've lost my ability to care about the catalyst, or what's inside the shooter's head. After all these executions I'd rather read about these cats aiming at themselves, if I have to read anything at all.
    I've written a lot more. But you get the gist.

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    We have our very own home-grown radicalized terrorists...I don’t see them as any different than the suicide bombers who plague Afghanistan, making the news with their devastating death counts.

    We’re fucked for the next couple decades at least.
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    Well the Republicans in Nebraska are doubling down on it.

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    Seems like people more nervous than anything.

    Maybe we get lucky here and the corruption at the NRA is its undoing and serious gun control debate can begin.

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    Default Re: We have officially become inured to mass shootings.

    --why are you suprised...
    a farm boy having enjoyable college life and then graduation and commissioned an officer..
    ranger training, paddies of rice to take life under the mask of saving my country and our democarcy..
    years fucked up mentally following -- so easy to justify aggresion and taking life..

    so why are we suprised when lack of love and respect from home, right within one's self, a cause that assists mankind and others is not there..
    our elected leaders are immune to looking at their hands and seeing blood..

    this is just the beginning and we wonder why...
     

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    Why are we as a society immune to these horrific events? Repetition, along with a diminished trust in near everything...

    About the same number of people were murdered in Chicago last weekend as Dayton. It would have been higher but the 5 year old boy that got shot in the leg will live. Where is the outrage & calls for action ??

    The repetition, the selective outrage, the placement of a ‘blame’, the empty words, the even more empty calls for ‘action’...........but mostly the fact that no one will care in two weeks and it will be all forgotten.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallas Tex View Post
    Why are we as a society immune to these horrific events? Repetition, along with a diminished trust in near everything...

    About the same number of people were murdered in Chicago last weekend as Dayton. It would have been higher but the 5 year old boy that got shot in the leg will live. Where is the outrage & calls for action ??

    The repetition, the selective outrage, the placement of a ‘blame’, the empty words, the even more empty calls for ‘action’...........but mostly the fact that no one will care in two weeks and it will be all forgotten.
    Perhaps the rage fatigue at the futility of expecting change while the gun manufacturers and the NRA have the GOP on retainer? This is the only nation on earth where there is nearly unlimited access to firearms, and surprise(!), they are used to kill people every day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallas Tex View Post
    Why are we as a society immune to these horrific events? Repetition, along with a diminished trust in near everything...

    About the same number of people were murdered in Chicago last weekend as Dayton. It would have been higher but the 5 year old boy that got shot in the leg will live. Where is the outrage & calls for action ??

    The repetition, the selective outrage, the placement of a ‘blame’, the empty words, the even more empty calls for ‘action’...........but mostly the fact that no one will care in two weeks and it will be all forgotten.
    Damned if you do, damned if you don't, eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dallas Tex View Post
    Why are we as a society immune to these horrific events? Repetition, along with a diminished trust in near everything...

    About the same number of people were murdered in Chicago last weekend as Dayton. It would have been higher but the 5 year old boy that got shot in the leg will live. Where is the outrage & calls for action ??

    The repetition, the selective outrage, the placement of a ‘blame’, the empty words, the even more empty calls for ‘action’...........but mostly the fact that no one will care in two weeks and it will be all forgotten.
    This is why I am increasingly reluctant participate in these on-line discussions. If there was ever a case where the "what about X?" argument doesn't apply it's this one. A terrorist shooting randomly into a crowd. A gang member who can't aim killing an innocent. It's the same thing: It is gun violence and we need to keep guns out of the hands of people who will use them to murder. (Or even to kill themselves.)

    Ranting about it on the Internet is useless. Have any of you ever convinced someone to change their mind this way?

    Call your elected officials and, if they don't care to deal with this horror show of indifference, work to replace your elected officials with one who will. Give your time, give your money, give passion.
    GO!

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    DavidS votes so should we all d@mnit.

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    What's anyone gonna say that hasn't already been said again and again and again?

    DavidS is right. If you want to see change, typing about it on a bike forum is a waste of time - go do something in the real world.
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    Not much to say either except to point out that if these terrorists (which is what they are) weren’t white men there would be much louder calls for action on guns. Talk about privilege.......
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    I couldn’t agree with Davids point more. It’s the same exact thing.

    I posted to answer the OP, that our society will soon ignore & dismiss these mass shootings as easily as we now dismiss & ignore weekends in Chicago. It’s the same mechanism at play. Don’t confuse my point as ‘what about x’.

    It’s the same mechanism that now allows us to walk past/over/around homeless people without a second thought.
     

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    Tuesday November 3, 2020 we can do something about this. Be there or accept the status quo.
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