It’s been several days since the tragedy in Aurora, and the aftermath is proceeding as expected. We have already entered the “somebody should do something” stage of the healing process. (Of course “doing something” means doing everything except something about this country’s crazy-ass gun culture.)
Unlike the Arizona-Giffords shooting, the political discussion about the Aurora shooting seems more tepid, doesn’t it? It’s as if we are resigned to the fact that nothing is going to change. Headlines in the media reflect this sentiment:
A New York Daily News headline reads “The Unsolvable Problem of Gun Violence.” It’s unsolvable, people. Everyone pack up and go home!
A CNN headline reads “When will America wake up to gun violence?” As if we are not already aware that gun violence is widespread and seemingly, as the New York Daily News noted, “unsolvable.”
We sure have.
We’ve been here before. We know how to react. We’ve got the routine down pat.
We’re biding our time, it seems, waiting for this tragedy to move out of the news cycle in favor of whatever Romney gaffe or Obama conspiracy will be on the media’s collective plate during the upcoming week. We’re waiting for something that will take our minds off the fact that twelve people were shot to death by a mad man on Thursday; twelve people with names and families; twelve people, some of whom died protecting their loved ones; twelve people who went to a late showing of a movie that they were excited to see and who are now just gone.
Until the media successfully distract us from this horror, however, we’re just going through the motions and asking the same old questions.
[full post at ABLC]