Again. A-fucking-gain

 

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Again.

Again.

Again.

Seventeen this time. Seventeen lives lost because a mentally ill boy had access to a gun.

And the president sends his “prayers and condolences,” and congress sends their thoughts and prayers. Thoughts and prayers are a good sound bite, but they can’t bring back the dead. Thoughts and prayers are nothing to a family who will grieve the rest of their lives because they sent their child to school. So, like, take your thoughts and prayers and shove them up your ass.

We have moved beyond thoughts and prayers. We have moved into a space where none of us are really safe anymore. These shootings are taking place everywhere. Schools, movie theaters, churches, nightclubs, concerts.

But it’s probably not time to talk about it. You know, the dead and all. We should just send our thoughts and prayers and not be disruptive. We can talk about it when the grieving is over, except for it will never be over and this mass shooting will turn into the next mass shooting and the next and the next.

Did you know that 15 of the 20 worst mass shootings in U.S. history have occurred since  Columbine in 1999?  The five worst shootings have all occurred since 2007, and three of those five were in 2016 and 2017.

People say if we didn’t do anything after Sandy Hook, where little kids were the victims, we never will. But the thing is, we can. We can do something and it’s up to each of us to react. This is a take to the streets moment. Because if you think, you think you’re safe, your kids aren’t going to be the victims, those you love would never be in this situation, you’re kidding yourself. You. Are. Kidding. Yourself.

This is not an easy problem to solve, but doing nothing and relying on thoughts and prayers to battle the issues of mental health and easy access to guns is not even trying.

We have to do better before this escalates. And make no mistake, it is escalating. If you’re depressed, it is now an option to wipe out a public place with a gun that’s as easy to get as a box of Wheaties.

What can you do today?

Call your congressman. Call your senators. Watch out for one another. Be alert. If there is strange behavior in a neighbor or a child’s friend, or your child, a co-worker or anyone else you come into contact with, consider what you can do, who you could tell. Help to de-stigmatize mental illness by talking about it openly.

We need to take care of each other. It’s our only hope. Us. Each of us.

 

absurd-a-thon day 710: here we are AGAIN

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We’re shooting the next generation in the head.

Is there even anything left to say about another school shooting?

It’s just another day in America.

I noticed that even the Facebook posts ignored this news, like it was just another stupid thing Trump spat out. (And btw, Donald, how ‘about you gather all the guns and DEPORT THOSE.)

It seems to be ok now to take out your anger/depression/lonliness/issuedujour with artillery on the campus of a school.

While our flimsy gun laws are part of the reason, there has to be something else at play, too. Have video games, where the object is to kill as many people as we can, de-sensitized us to the point of thinking this is a real answer to real problems? Is the stigma of being mentally ill so enormous and shameful that we do everything we can to ignore it? is getting help for depression so expensive and hard to come by that we just don’t bother to even try? ARE POLITICIANS TOO FUCKING DIVIDED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THIS PROBLEM?

Since Sandy Hook’s December 2012 shooting, there have been 142 school shootings in America.

Next time it could be your child. It could be mine.

Think about what we can do as a community, as a country. This has got to stop before it becomes acceptable. Or has it already?

gratitude-a-thon day 601: tell someone

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness month, I’ve been seeing article on mental illness all over the place, but I thought this was a good one to share. A whopping 31% of people struggling with mental illness don’t want to seek treatment because they fear being judged. Sweet Jesus, make it stop. We need to open up the damn windows on this subject, and air out the room. Please be mindful of those around you who might be suffering in silence. Please talk openly about depression. It’s our world to change. Let’s all do our part. And if you are so inclined, please give to the kick ass organization Cure Alliance.