Buffalo, New York and Laguna Woods, California.
How many of these have I lived through.
Everyone offers thoughts and prayers and ways of stopping the madness, but nothing, NOTHING WILL BE DONE.
Not a damn thing.
We'll have another massacre in another American city and President Biden or another American president will fly to that city and say comforting words and still NOTHING WILL BE DONE.
Why do presidents even bother to go? It's a kind of sick ritual that is meaningless (except for the victims' families, I suppose) because NOTHING WILL BE DONE.
We're a country obsessed with the sacrosanct 2nd Amendment that enshrines the right for any individual, sane or insane, to own and use weapons of mass murder for any perceived prejudice, transgression or outrage; and everyone knows that is the problem.
Other countries don't have a right written into their laws that gives maniacs, crazies, white supremacists, and the like the right to own these weapons of mass murder and then to act out their neuroses, their hatreds, their manifestoes. Those countries don't have recurring massacres by individuals with firearms on the scale that America does. America doesn't want to be like those other countries, so NOTHING WILL BE DONE.
In a few weeks or months another mass shooting will happen; more hand-wringing will follow -- with useless "thoughts and prayers;" -- and the POTUS will fly to the unfortunate city, speak comforting words, and talk to the victims' families, but when the rituals are over, NOTHING WILL BE DONE.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
It's hardly worth writing about anymore since those of us who know something CAN and SHOULD be done also know that nothing WILL be done. We feel defeat after defeat after defeat and a stomach-churning dread waiting for the next shooting.
America is in love with its culture of death.
I don't see it changing now or in the near future.