I’m glad the work week is over because my head is filled with Deep Thoughts, and even Deeper Questions, and I just need some time to process them.
While I try to keep the mood in the Think Tank light and humorous, tonight things are going to be serious and somber.
If you can’t handle that, I totally understand. This is supposed to be a phi-curious humor blog (that’s short for “philosophy curious”, in case you were wondering), and you will be excused without a mark on your permanent record if you need to sit out this one.
If you’re ready to get your Deep Thoughts on, toss around ideas, and ask some questions that really need answering, meet me out in the Think Tank.
This week’s topic: There was another school shooting yesterday, this time in Oregon. Why does this keep happening? Why can’t such incidents be stopped? Are we doing anything to make our schools safer? Is anyone else sick of feeling like this sort of thing has just become part of the American way of life? What else is on your mind about this topic?
I was at work when someone mentioned the shooting. Of course, the first thing I needed to know was where it occurred. While I don’t want it happening anywhere, there is something oddly comforting in knowing it didn’t happen close to where I lived, or where anyone dear to me lives.
Is that bad? It doesn’t make the incident any less tragic, but I like to cling to this foolish idea that I’ve found a little piece of the country where bad things like this never happen.
I guess I’m trying to find the silver lining.
My heart skipped a beat on the way home when he news came on the radio. I was listening to Stephen King’s station, and my neighbor TJ does the top of the hour report. TJ began with the shooting and said something like “There was another school shooting today, this one in Or-e…”
And that was when I momentarily freaked. The University of Maine is located in Orono, so when those first two syllables came out of TJ’s mouth, I thought he was announcing that there had been a shooting just twenty minutes from The House on the Hill.
It just boggles my mind that this keeps happening, Modern Philosophers. Is it because there is no way to control it? There has to be, right? There are metal detectors and security personnel at these schools, correct? Do we need to add more of them?
I know that mentioning stricter gun control policies will upset some people, but we are here to talk out this problem. I know the argument about how guns don’t kill people, but would yesterday’s shooter have left so many bodies behind without his guns? I just read that he had six guns on him, and maybe seven more at home.
Who needs thirteen guns? How does a person walk into a school wearing a flak jacket and armed with six guns without anyone noticing? Where is the breakdown in the system? How do we keep our students safe? When does the madness end?
Why do people go on shooting rampages? Why does killing innocent people seem to be such a popular activity? Does the coverage each shooting gets make it more appealing? Should we play down these incidents in the media? Should they never release the name of the shooter so there is no “glory” associated with the heinous act?
Every night when I go to bed, I say my prayers. I ask whoever is responsible for listening to my prayers to make the world a safer, more peaceful place. I specifically request that there be no more senseless acts of violence like school shootings.
What the hell is going on, Modern Philosophers? Why our country like this? Is there anything we can do to make it stop?
I know that I only asked more questions, and didn’t come up with any real answers, but that’s because I just can’t wrap my brain around all this.
My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their loved ones…