Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Sorry, Mr Martinez, There's Been One More

Parents wait outside Reynolds High School following a reported shooting June 10, 2014. (KOIN 6)

These things happen so frequently these days, it is difficult to keep up. This is the latest as far as I know. These parents are waiting to receive word about their children after a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon. It has been reported that one teacher was wounded and the shooter is dead but details are still sketchy as to exactly what took place.

* Update - one student and shooter (also a student) dead.

Evidently, this is the new normal for the U.S. Cops getting shot while peacefully eating their lunch in a pizza parlor. Kids getting shot while attending school. Wives getting shot by husbands....or sometimes, vice versa. Black teenagers getting shot while walking home. Intimidated diners having their dinners interrupted by swaggering jokers carrying assault rifles....just because they can. An attempted assault on the Forsyth County, Georgia courthouse by a right-wing nut armed with "an assault rifle, smoke grenades, stun grenades, multiple explosives, and lots of ammunition."

This year, Georgia passed a "guns anywhere" law that allows its citizens to carry openly in churches, schools and bars. 

In 2006, Indiana passed a law outlining when people may shoot police officers if they believe the cop is acting "unlawfully". It is sort of a stand-your-ground law designed specially for the police. "Hey, I thought he was acting unlawfully!"

Ironically, Jerad and Amanda Miller, the Las Vegas cop shooters, were from Indiana and loved that law. 

I guess all these bodies - our children, our law enforcement officers and others - well, I guess they are just the collateral damage we have to tolerate in return for our Second Amendment rights. 

Richard Martinez, whose son was recently shot to death, has tried to start a rallying cry  - "not one more". But now there has been one more....and there will always be one more....or five more....or 22 more. Unless we decide we care enough to do something about it.