posted on Apr, 23 2018 @ 07:20 PM
Answer: I don't know.
I checked a gun violence website to see if it was the only show in town this last week. Nope. Business as usual. See for yourself:
So why is my FB feed, the news, etc. plastered with Waffle House? What made these victims different than victims of the other 22 fatal shootings ON
THE SAME DAY? I feel those deaths are just as tragic but apparently I am alone in the wilderness on that? One could almost become conspiratorial on
On my FB feed, for instance, I understand some of my friends. They are members of The Holy Knighted Order of the High Horse. They ride in anytime the
Nobel Signal of Virtue tolls on secret social media channels. Bring the gospel to the heathens! Even mentioning the other 22 events is grounds for
burning at the stake. If there is any worthy cause so deemed by the Holiest of the Holy, they will march. Kinda' like a cult.
Young men in urban areas getting killed by other young men in urban areas is about the least worthy. It is on par with young rural males committing
suicide with a gun. These two categories make up the vast majority of gun deaths in America but no marching orders. Their lives hold no virtue I
On the other end of the spectrum, we immediately go to DEFCON 5 if an upscale group of white kids gets shot by another upscale white kid. Preferably
in a school or church, with an AR-15, and maybe some Nazi-esque threads to the story. No sleep for Our Mighty Knights tonight.
In the Waffle House case, we are missing some elements. Not a school or church, so maybe DEFCON 4? The victims were not upscale white kids but an
AR-15 was used. I guess those two cancel each other out. Still enough of a threat to burn the NRA HQ down and trot off anybody not living within a 5
miles radius of a Starbucks. 10 miles radius if you drive a Subaru.
Had those folks in Waffle House been shot by AR-15 wielding Cops wearing MAGA hats while waving their NRA membership cards around, the Rapture would
immediately be triggered. No news would ever again be worthy of caressing the ears of Americans. Now those would be some important victims.
So what am I missing? Is honest data analysis of the socio-economic factors of violence a bad thing? Are complex, multifaceted issues really that
scary? Or am I simply a knuckle dragging troglodyte? A heathen of the lowest order.