Each new mass shooting in America confirms a sad truth — We Don’t Care. No society that cares about its people would allow these shootings to continue to happen.
It’s not hyperbole or an overstatement. Collectively, our nation has concluded that our liberties — specifically unregulated firearms — are more important than protecting innocent lives. Consider this: Four Americans died during a 2012 terrorist attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the Congress launched 8 investigations and has spent nearly $5 million to get to the bottom of it. Granted, much of this was politically-motivated, but at least the Congress did something.
Conversely, hundreds of innocent Americans have died in mass shootings since those same Benghazi attacks — yet the Congress has done nothing. Nothing. Moreover, the Congress continues to get away with doing nothing because the electorate doesn’t demand action from its representatives. Literally, no one cares.
Earlier this afternoon, at least three people opened fire at a social services facility in San Bernardino, California. At least 14 people were killed. Many others were wounded. The death toll and full ramifications of today’s shooting could easily rise in the hours ahead. But even if it doesn’t, this qualifies as the worst mass shooting since Newtown — when 27 innocent people were killed. (Most of the Newtown victims were elementary school children, who were executed in their classrooms.)
There have been 21 mass shootings in America in 2015. With four weeks left in the year, we could easily hit 23 or 24 for the year.
In the days ahead, everybody will say the right things, but nobody will really mean it. After all, we’ve all sent our “thoughts and prayers” so many times before that it seems rudimentary. Kind of like asking a stranger you pass on the street, “Hi, how are you?” No one really cares about the answer to that question. The stranger knows you don’t care, and that you’re just being polite and going about your way.
We can no longer go about our way as it relates to mass shootings. America is the only civilized country in the world in which this happens. Mass shootings in European countries are extremely rare. It’s primarily because they value life over firearms. They care.