U.S. Mass Shootings

In case everyone haven’t heard, there’s been another mass shooting in Colorado. The second one in less than a week.

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In the past seven days there have been seven mass shootings in the U.S., the last two in Georgia and Colorado. I’m not going to rant and rave as I usually do, because frankly, I just don’t have it in me right now. As President Obama said in his statement addressing the latest massacre in Boulder, Colorado:

A once-in-a-century pandemic cannot be the only thing that slows mass shootings in this country. We shouldn’t have to choose between one type of tragedy and another. It’s time for leaders everywhere to listen to the American people when they say enough is enough—because this is a normal we can no longer afford.

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Thoughts and prayers are not enough.

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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26 Responses to U.S. Mass Shootings

  1. David Lim says:

    Virus comes out, terrorists hide. Vaccine comes out, virus hides, terrorists come out. When war breaks out, terrorists go back in the house to watch the horror on TV.

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    • Thanks for your input. Never thought of it that way.

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      • David Lim says:

        Welcome. I try to put a smile on serious faces by sharing a bit of humour on life amid the stupidity we make of it.

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        • Thanks again for your visit. I don’t know what to say considering there’s a raging pandemic out to kill us all, that’s enough to deal with, without diabolical people adding murder to the cauldron of life.

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          • David Lim says:

            Anomaly of life happens. It seems abnormal because it presented to us in form of a new discovery, not because it should never existed or the possibility of happening. Viruses exist everywhere, and never die. They play apart in our existence. Therefore, viruses have become part of nature but with a purpose. If we slip up, they blow up and spread out. Viruses can erupt anywhere and everywhere given the right condition. It’s no different to the terrorists for whatever reason that made them choose to disregard life is anyone’s guess. The same with viruses, murderers and criminals live amongst us be they pure evil or victims of circumstance. The irony lies in what people aren’t aware of. In that, these problems are self inflicted due to our lacking in wisdom. Most of humanity’s problems are self inflicted. No one to blame but us.

            So, I believe what is important and probably vital to preserve our sentience lies in our response by thoughtfulness, and not reacting with reckless emotion to undesirable outcomes. We have the choice to shape this world with civil minded men, women and children by empowering them with a sense of responsibility in cultivating and nurturing love starting with ourselves in self reflection and resolution.

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            • ” We have the choice to shape this world with civil minded men, women and children by empowering them with a sense of responsibility in cultivating and nurturing love starting with ourselves in self reflection and resolution.”

              I agree to this and I also agree that some circumstances causes some people to act out but that still doesn’t take away the pain that person caused to others. If everyone acted out because they have been injured, then that’s all people would do all day long.
              We live in a world where people care nothing for no one except themselves. That’s going to have to change or there will be nothing else for anyone.
              Yes, viruses have always existed and perhaps always will but that doesn’t keep mankind from working to retain them. Most of mankind’s problems are inflicted by other humans.

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              • David Lim says:

                I totally agree with you on, “If everyone acted out because they have been injured, … care nothing for no one except themselves… there will be nothing else for anyone”. I understand it can be a daunting challenge, and disheartening just thinking about it. If it’s any consolation, mankind divide to unite, and unite to divide again is the cycle of human story as far as our recorded history is written. Conflict may seem more intense now is primarily due to law enforcement not coping with the growing diversified society with outdated, and ineffective law policies to give the peacekeeping system the deserving and sufficient support. For example, the human rights law of the 1st, 2nd and 9th amendments in the constitution are stumbling blocks to progress. They may sound great making anyone believe they are “born free”, but it’s a “superficial” man made freedom. For such kind of freedom has great compromises particularly in times where life is changing lanes pretty quickly. We need to have the means to nip a foreseeable problem in the bud before it escalates without violating the “human rights” principle.

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                • The 1st amendment gives the right for peaceful protesting. That is not what was happening when these shooting took place. And had they been…these people have a right to state their grievances.

                  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

                  The 2nd amendment was written in 1789 over two hundreds ago, when the colonies were still under the threat of another possible British attack. The British did attack again in 1812. We no longer live with this threat. None of these shooters were threaten with bodily harm. So what was their real reason for having weapons in a country not at war. The Civil War ended over 150 years ago.

                  2nd amendment “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

                  The protection of the 9th amendment protect our right to do whatever we please just so long as it doesn’t involve ending another person’s life. It doesn’t include killing people because you feel like it.

                  I understand what you are saying but at some point humans have always been able to break the destructive cycle of ” divide to unite, and unite to divide again” if not, we would still be living in cave or at least no further along than the early stages of civilization.

                  What we are dealing with here is a selected group of citizens whose has never been forced to obey the law. Never face anything dreading or upsetting and when finally facing some thing they don’t like they react like an angry, undisciplined, overgrown child. Go out and kill innocent people. This is why too much privilege is a dangerous to the public.

                  I need no consolation. I’m just sick and tired of excuses being made for these arseholes. Every time they kill, a media pity party is giving stating the reasons why they did it.
                  The police tactics aren’t new in African Americans communities.

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                  • David Lim says:

                    Yes. Current circumstance is really sad. The worse part of it all is lawmakers are not effective in their actions to resolve this problem. Every time when a mass shooting happens, they take the attitude of hoping it won’t happen again when it happens again. Politicians are the ones committing genocide. They must remain resolute, and uncompromising in their stand even if it costs them votes. Otherwise, there is no progress, no future for the nation.

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                    • I agree, to find a solution the leaders are going to have to stick to the resolution once it’s established. Unfortunately, the way a democracy works is that those who do not agree with the resolution can pull all kinds of ridiculous stops to block it and that’s what’s been happening with stricter gun control and policing the police. But I believe those who work for the goodwill of the people will prevail.

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                    • David Lim says:

                      If more of you who not only believe, but serve the goodwill of mankind, then I am sure peace will prevail. That is why I mentioned the “consolation” earlier where the dispair from the ideology of “divide and conquer” will eventually give reason to strive for peace by uniting. It’s not meant to console you per se, but to raise the awareness on my observation to the cycle of life that we are caught in. Without pain and heartache man has no opportunity to see the error of his ways. Thus, with this trial and tribulation, or the simple fact of a life’s experience to jolt the conscience of man that will help him find the path to redemption. Didn’t Mr. Rogers once said something along the line, “without pain, life is unnatural”?

                      One of life’s principle is that we live in a matrix governed by opposites, and we grow by learning from its opposing effects. I wanted to write something on this subject in my next article, but just can’t seem to find that time to myself. Anyways, all the best.

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                    • I must say I do not believe that it takes suffering to make one see the err of their ways and learn to live in harmony.

                      I say it take a willing to take on a maturity. In his early years, while seeking enlightment, Buddha suffered much but admitted he learned nothing from all his suffering. He say he truly learned something when he matured enough to look at life through the eyes of others and became an instrument to alleviate the suffering of others.

                      You said, “Without pain and heartache man has no opportunity to see the error of his ways.” That is not true. The basic right and wrong is wired in every man’s conscience. It’s rather or not he will let go of his ego long enough to be considerated of others is when he is truly prepared to learn the errs of his ways.
                      Many people suffer but some do not change for the better, suffering only makes them a worse person not a better person.

                      And it is also, said that those who usually say this are those who have suffered the least. I have never heard anyone suffering say this. It’s always those who aren’t suffering are the ones who say this to avoid doing something about what they see. They say this to convince those who are that their plight is not so bad.

                      Suffering is a part of human life but that doesn’t excuse anyone in doing that which they can to release the suffering of one single soul they encounter. Like I said, had people truly accepted this as their fate and truly thought that way, humanity would have died off eons ago.

                      I hope you do write an article on this subject and look at it from a wider scope. Some of the greater among those who gave their all didn’t come from suffering. They came from quite wealthy families. Mother Theresa is an excellent example. Saint Francis is another.

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                    • David Lim says:

                      Sharing of goodwill with others is more of a self-development undertaking, rather than expecting others to emulate the gesture of kindness. Nonetheless, kindness does breed kindness, but it’s not a guarantee. Showing kindness toward another is not always reciprocated. Christians have been going with this theme for ages, and yet we fail to witness a sweeping change the approach promises.

                      “No man walks the Earth is without flaw”

                      Life’s experience offers the opportunity to know our flaw that forms the basis, and reference to our journey into self-realisation. As our awareness expands (or the soul matures as you described it), our depth in understanding of life’s circumstances improves that will help us manage our ego better. Without this basis of understanding, no acceptance can emerge making the desired change unsustainable even if we shower all the love unto others. The combination in self-realisation, and goodwill should put the future of mankind in good stead.

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                    • “Life’s experience offers the opportunity to know our flaw that forms the basis, and reference to our journey into self-realization”.

                      Sure, everyone has flaws. No one is perfect, but as flawed as we all are we still do not go out and hurt innocent people.
                      Yes, but how does not realizing your errors justify hurting people who haven’t done anything to you?

                      That’s the problem, these people aren’t making any attempt at understanding anything other than their superiority to every one else. I don’t think you understand the mind set of these killers. They want to eliminate everyone who is no tone of them. Everyone who doesn’t think, look or act like them. I can tell you aren’t American for you do not understand just how deep this hatred goes and no amount of reasoning is going to convince them of anything.

                      There’s a Native America parable that goes, “You can’t justify it in the end. No matter how much you say you were flawed and did not know any better. The truth is you knew better but err to believe that you could justify it before the Great Spirit, but you can’t.”

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                    • David Lim says:

                      Some wounds run deeper than others manifesting sufferings physically at different degrees. Sense of dominance is addictive to the ego feeding from the idea of ‘I am better than you’ or ‘holier than thou’. Our limited ability prevents us from knowing more on why killers do the things they do as if that realm of the psyche is off limits. Something tells me the realm of the spirit, or consciousness is not unilateral, but rather convoluted as far as interpretation of the mind goes. 🤷

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                    • I agree. for some people a sense of dominance is addictive but like any other addiction it can be broken. I won’t go in details about the mind and spiritual things as to whether they are convoluted or unilateral because it something people have to experience to understand to even remotely understand. But one knows their own country and countrymen and have pretty good indication of why their fellow countrymen are doing whatever they do. Actions do not fall far from their historical source.

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                    • David Lim says:

                      Send them to the cotton fields in Xinjiang to pick cottons!

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                    • Thanks for letting me know about the cotton fields in Xinjiang. I am happy the issue is being addressed.

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                    • David Lim says:

                      It may be an issue for China, but unprofessional journalism by BBC cannot be dismissed. With the crazy, and arrogant people on the rise around the world, I’d rather live in Xinjiang amongst peaceful Muslims enjoying their famous beef noodles soup, and many more delicious cuisines with those adopted extreme and radical religious teachings in correctional camp.

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                    • I don’t know about the unprofessional journalism but I’m glad someone is letting the world know this is happening. This activity is now done by machine. There’s a reason it is now done by machine. It was once a reason for the most horrible slave trade the world has ever seen. The effects are still felt today. This is no small matter. A religious is not peaceful if it encourage it believers to harm others who do not believe as you believe.

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                    • David Lim says:

                      With US and China in geopolitical entanglement, news that are circulating could likely be fake, or exaggerated. It’s true cotton field farming is greatly mechanised, but a picture taken of only 2 “suspects” of forced labour in the vast field doesn’t seem to add up for me because I was initially under the impression of thousands of Uighurs in forced labour. It’s heartening to know someone cares for the minors, but the fact is Xinjiang province is twice the size of France with 24,000 mosques in contrast to over 200 in the entire US. Not long ago China was engaged in a program to increase Uighurs population when their numbers were dwindling. Another freelance youtuber (apparently a young Englishman) debunked the BBC reporter’s finding by walking the streets of Xinjiang to show proof in his journalism has deep political influence. It appears the BBC reporter ran to Taiwan in hiding. We can’t believe anything we read, or see that appears on any form of TV screen. Seeing is no longer believing, it’s deceiving.

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                    • Well, I hope it is not true. I hope those people were models.

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  2. Celeste says:

    David Lim, I think you both have some vital points, but I think A. White is talking about the urgency of now. I think A. is trying to ask how do we explain to a relative who is burying their loved one, how do we go about explaining to them why such a person killed them? And what are we as a society planning to do about it? To make sure it doesn’t again.

    It keeps happening again and again and we are no closer to a solution in stopping them than we were twenty years ago. Thoughts and prayers are not working.

    When Sandy Brook happened. I knew then, we were dealing with some that’s pure evil. There’s no other way to explain it. These people are aware of what they are doing.

    I have to agree with A. White, that we as a nation has long passed the point of learning from our errors. We already know what they’re. Certain people having too much privileged. These shootings are done by people who can’t accept the world doesn’t revolve around them. This is classic supremacy mentality. It is killing too many to keep ignoring the fact these privileged people exists.

    If we hold the privilege accountable as the law would any one else I believe it would make them think twice.

    The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that occurred on December 14, 2012, in the town of Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza entered the school and shot and killed 26 people, including 20 children between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members. Someone his age shouldn’t have even been concerned with what six and seven years olds were doing. He should have been out somewhere in the world creating a life for himself.

    I don’t care what anyone say. There’s nothing no one can say as to why this 20 year old did this.
    There’s something very, very sick in the soul of these people who keep doing these things. There’s something very abnormal happening here.

    People don’t like to hear religious reasoning but I believe theres’ some kind of evil spirit influencing these people. They have done evil so long that these spirits can control them.

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    • People don’t like to hear religious reasoning but I believe there’s some kind of evil spirit influencing these people. They have done evil so long that these spirits can control them.

      Celeste, I can’t deny I haven’t wondered the same.

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