This is only me and I don't speak for anyone else on this.
Per CDC.Gov., 2,596,993 people died in the U.S. in 2013, at least reported. 100% of life, living things, die. That's the way it's rigged. Some would
argue the number is higher due to abortions. Maybe so, maybe not.
We, collectively, seem obsessed with the semantics of it. How we die. Vehicular, drownings, cancer, suicide rates, ODs, shootings...on and on.
The family is sitting at the dinner table and mom comments about an earthquake in South America where 100's are reportedly dead and the response is
"oh, that terrible. Pass the butter, please".
Numbness. Indifference? Self-preservation? Perhaps a bit of both.
I'm not making light of it. We've all had losses that have left voids in our lives. Yet to fixate on death reduces life in and of itself.
Some people get teary eyed at the thought of capital punishment while others merely shrug. Some are stunned at the indifference of abortions while the
rest change the subject.
I see a report of a massive pile-up on an interstate in the newspaper and after making sure it's not on my route, I move onto the sports section.
"Don't ask who the bell tolls for, it tolls for thee". Sorry, but 2.5 million tollings is enough to put ear muffs on. So the current 'shrug' versus
'horror' is mass school shootings. Yes, it's sad. Yes, I change the channel.
Why? My AR-15 is locked up and has done nothing. My car sits in the garage and hasn't cause a vehicular death. The pool that I can't afford has not
drowned one single child. The list goes on. All are technically preventable. Every single version above.
7,000 people die in pools and spas annually. Mostly children under the age of 15. All i hear is crickets on that 'issue'. Nary a word. Perhaps now you
might get a glimmering of the reason 'gun control' ( a fraudulent name, in and of itself) gets no traction beyond the media and those that are
triggered by these acts. The rest of us? Not.
Now add in apparently those that are 'triggered' by the shootings aren't triggered by the other examples I cite. (That's not a criticism, merely an
observation.) The reaction being 'your not taking my gun, my car or my pool....on and on. Perfectly understandable in that light...one would hope.
To those outside the U.S. who look down the noses at these events, I would rebut, no, no mass shootings in Iceland. Now add in no 40,000 vehicular
deaths in Tibet. Almost no pool drownings, I'd venture to say.
Life-style differences. No more, no less. Each nation is and has different life-styles. The truth is you have your own 'numbnesses' just like we do.
They may be the same in some instances and different in others. The same mechanism applies to you just as much to us. So...deal with your own
numbnesses. Ours' are ours to deal with...or not. Not yours.....with all due respect...(Mods)...
So i roll over and go back to sleep. That sleep is a bit more deeper and content. My AR is nearby....
edit on 27-2-2018 by nwtrucker because: (no reason given)