[TRIGGER WARNING: SCHOOL SHOOTING, MASS SHOOTING, MASS DEATH, GUN VIOLENCE]
I could barely look at the school shooting yesterday. I wanted to pretend it didn't happen, really. Part of me was hoping that people wouldn't care very much, just like we no longer care about the more than daily mass shooting that happen in this country that only kill or injure a couple people. But 17 kids are dead, so we're looking at it.
That might seem callous of me, but what else am I supposed to do? The horrifying thing, besides the bodies, is that not only are we blocked at every avenue from doing anything about this problem, we are actually pushed back every time we try. Calls for gun control in this country are met every time now with a backlash that ends in further deregulation of gun sales and rolling back of the little gun control we have.
It's terrifying and soul crushing.
But I've been thinking about it, and the fact is that we need change that goes deeper than gun control. I mean, that's pretty obvious. I'm not exactly special for realizing that. But I think what we all need to do is get it drilled into our heads that we are helpless at the mercy of a government that doesn't care about us. A system that does not care about us. Our government is too saturated by people who care more about their funding, their pocketbooks, their sweet sweet dollar bills than the lives of children for us to be able to do anything about gun control. Until we solve that problem, our kids are in danger.
We need to realize that we have no real say in our own supposed Democracy. We need to realize that Democracy died in the U.S. a long time ago, and revolution is the only thing that can get it back. If we're going to have a state, we need one that doesn't allow large campaign contributions. None from PACs or corporations. We need to end the money = speech shit that started in the 70s. I think it's probably better to abolish the state because as long as one is allowed to exist, it seems like it will morph into the kind of monster we have today.
But for now, just repeat this to yourself. U.S. Democracy is dead. You have no say in the essential part of the government. The part that is supposed to protect the people. If the government won't act to protect your children from a horrific death in public fucking school, then what is it for?