THE HEADLINE was to draw you in. I learned that back during my newspaper “career.”
There is no solution to mass shootings in the United States. None, zip, zilch, nada. It is an American cultural cancer without a cure. No radiation. No chemo.
Gun control certainly will not do it. Gun sales could be brought to an immediate, complete halt, and it would not solve the problem because America is floating in firearms already. It would be shutting the barn door after the horse has skedaddled.
Blaming Trump won’t do it either. Ain’t his fault anyway.
No one is to blame. It’s just something Americans do now and then. Mexicans don’t do it even though we have plenty of guns floating around down here too, which proves, by the way, the futility of gun control. We’re highly gun-controlled.
Bullet-riddled, bloody, gun-controlled Chicago proves the same point.
And the shooters span the political spectrum. The El Paso gunman was a right-wing nut. The Dayton killer was a lefty, a fan of Fauxcahontas and Antifa, which the media have tried to keep quiet. But not that of the El Paso gunman, of course. White supremacist!
And it was a Bernie bro’ who shot Rep. Steve Scalise in 2017.
Why were there no mass shootings above the border, say, a century ago? To a large degree, because there was no rapid communication, no internet. High tech has made it very easy for maniacs to get wild ideas about manifesting their fantasies and communicating them all over the place, which makes them feel so very good. And important.
Rapid communication, internet, social media exist in Mexico too, of course, so why don’t we do mass shootings? The culture is different.
I cannot imagine it would ever enter a Mexican’s mind in his wildest drunken dreams to go into a mall and start killing random strangers. It would be unfathomable.
Wipe out a rival narco gang? Well, sure, but that’s just business.
As for senseless, mass murder, better get used to it.
Above the border, that is.
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(Note: Here’s an interesting piece by a writer who thinks America has an “angry, young man” crisis. He’s correct and, again, it’s the culture.)