A Soulless Country

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Another broken home. Another child that doesn’t come back from school. Scarred-for-life kids trying to make it through pain, loss, and horror. Speechless parents longing for sense. We’re familiar, too familiar perhaps, with this nightmare. Up to an extent, we ignore it by telling ourselves, “this will never happen at my child’s school,” but we don’t really know that, do we? It’s just a way to get by.

After the initial shock and sadness (in which we, once again, come up with elaborated arguments to support our gun ownership stance —whatever it may be) the in-between shootings period starts. This is the still period, the indifferent period, the unproductive period. Our representatives say little and do even less, as if a massacre hadn’t taken place at all.

Democrats systematically blame every single shooting on Republicans and claim, “this is on you,” but do nothing meaningful (other than emotional speeches) when in power. Republicans say, “this is about mental health,” but for the most part, show little sympathy for public mental health programs that might prevent these mass murders from materializing.

Personally, I don’t think this kind of violence will stop with gun banning. I know how heartbreaking this statement is (we all want easy, swift solutions) but we won’t solve this issue if our approach is faulty. The answer is deeper, extremely complex, and time-demanding. This is a whole reeducation challenge we must implement, an aggressiveness we must learn to master.

I talked to Nathalie, a New Jersey friend and mom, about Uvalde’s massacre right after the facts. “Violence will always find a way back to our streets and our schools —she said— not because of lack of regulation, but because of our lack of soul.”

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