The first school shooting happened, as the year had just begun;
I considered getting angry, but, you know, it’s only one.
The second shooting happened (it was only one day later!)
And I would have made a fuss, but I have never been a hater.
The third and fourth “events” took place a week after the first
Five shootings in one month, we saw… but January’s cursed.
Well, February’s shorter, so I thought I’d find relief—
But seven shootings later, and I nearly spoke my grief,
But in March I felt quite chastened, cos the crime wave wasn’t true
Instead of seven shootings, why, this March had only two!
So I thanked my lord and savior for my fortune and my fate
And it took me by surprise, of course, when April gave us eight!
Then six in May, and two in June, and three more in July—
I didn’t write my senator; I really don’t know why.
Five shootings came in August, and then six more graced September
I think that totals forty-four; I really can’t remember.
And now, October First, it seems another shooting’s come
And the citizens are frightened… or they’re angry… or they’re numb
But I’m told this time is different! There’s a buzz you can’t deny;
Yes, indeed, this time is different! But they cannot tell me why.
And the president will comfort us, and sound a sad alarm…
Maybe this time will be different… forty-fifth time is a charm.
I wrote the words “and the president will comfort us” just as president Obama’s presser began. The script of this entire thing is entirely too predictable. Too familiar. Too well-rehearsed–literally, because it has happened too many times. (oh, and the “45” number is limited to school shootings. If you want multiple or mass shootings, the number this year is bigger.)
I’m looking for the original source on twitter (if you find it, please help!), but someone there pointed out that gun control lost as of Sandy Hook. If shooting that many kids isn’t enough to push for gun control, then why on earth should something like today? (Cuttlecap tip to Jo Brodie for the following:)
In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.
— Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) June 19, 2015
As of this writing, the president has stopped talking. He sounded, understandably, worn down with this issue. And I am too. The networks are immediately railing about mental illness and background checks (wanna bet the shooter is white?), claiming that “only a gun can stop a gun” (hey, it’s been nearly a month and a half since the shooter on the French train was taken down by 3-4 good guys without guns–who has that sort of memory?). And maybe a lame-duck president, a lame-duck speaker, and more people who have run out of fucks to give, can maybe get something done.
45th time (this year) is a charm.