Another American Tragedy has occurred. Every day 100 Americans die due to guns. About half are suicides and accidents. The other half are murders. Every day. A daily American tragedy.
But some days are more tragic than others. Mass shootings. Mass killings. Or a Congressman or Congresswoman shot. Every day it’s somebody’s baby, somebody’s husband, somebody’s daddy, somebody’s mommy. Every day.
But when the mass killings occur the entire nation stops. Stops for a moment of silence. The president sends his condolences. It is part of the job description. The anti-gun lobby energizes and says: This has got to stop. The gun lobby energizes and says: No, it doesn’t.
In this century.
Red Lake Massacre. Minnesota 10 dead, 5 wounded. Moment of silence.
Virginia Tech Massacre. Virginia. 23 dead, 32 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Binghamton shootings. New York. 14 dead, 4 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Fort Hood Massacre. Texas. 13 dead, 30 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Aurora Theater shooting. Colorado. 12 dead, 70 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Newtown School shooting (Sandy Hook) Massachusetts. 28 dead, 2 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Washington Navy Yard shooting. DC. 12 dead, 8 wounded. Moment of Silence.
San Bernadino shooting. California. 14 dead, 21 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Orlando Nightclub Massacre. Florida. 49 dead, 53 wounded. Moment of Silence.
Las Vegas Strip massacre. Nevada. 50+ dead, 500+ wounded. Moment of Silence.
So much silence. So much silence in the face of regular murders. The moment of silence is no longer special. No longer has any meaning.
So, why have a “Moment of Silence” after these disturbing mass killings of Americans by other Americans?
Perhaps it is to give the NRA the time to re-load.