In America--294 mass shootings in 275 days this year. Not sure if that count includes the incidents where people shot several of their own family members at once. It does not reflect the hundreds of accidental shooting deaths of children. (You don't want to get me started on that travesty of reason, morality, justice.) i have trouble understanding why more of my fellow Americans are not outraged and ready to take steps to at least try to minimize these incidents. True, most of my friends on other sites hold similar thoughts to mine...but i don't think we reflect the majority. And our President may have a point that many of our countrymen are 'numb', but i think others are too busy with their personal agendas to realize every freedom we have has a responsibility attached to it.
It seems to me we've lost sight of the basic concept of peronal responsibility. And people are dying at the rate of 30+ per day from irresponsibility with guns alone. (Add in DUI caused deaths and leaving children to bake in cars, that toll probably doubles at least.
i think about the sign on Harry Truman's presidential desk: "The buck stops here." i think all Americans need to take a long look in the mirror and ask ourselves what we may have done to contribute to the horror show we live in, even if the answer is we didn't even try to do anything slow it's development.
i try to think of things i can do, besides just talk, and i come up against a truth i lived with in my activist days. One that shocked the middle-class college-boy 'intellectuals' heading the early Anti-war in Viet Nam movement when i mentioned it: The reality is in any conflict between pacifists and war-mongers the latter have a distinct advantage: They have no moral compunctions that would preclude them simply killing us.