“Either We Care Or We Don’t”

Ed at Gin and Tacos on the shootings in Paris:

“It’s not that I’m not saddened and angered by what happened in France. It’s that I resent the implication in the media coverage that I’m supposed to be more upset or this is somehow a bigger tragedy because Free Speech and Muslims. If someone walked into a Walmart in the middle of nowhere and shot 12 people today, would the right wingers be at a boil right now? Twelve deaths by gunfire are excused away when they occur in the context of domestic politics, yet if some Muslims who just returned from Syria are the killers everyone is whipped into a frenzy. That, to me, makes no sense whatsoever.

Mass shootings are so common that someone who pays attention to the news only casually will miss most of them these days. This one will be a Big Story, though. That’s what bothers me. Lots of people are getting shot and killed for no good reason. Either we care or we don’t. It makes no sense to care a lot about some and barely notice others.”

If the spree shooting in Paris was terrorism (it was), then the United States is basically not that much better off than Somalia when it comes to living, domestically, in a state of peace and security.

Or to put it another way, I really don’t want to be murdered by Muslim extremists.  However, I also don’t want to be killed by a stray bullet from a toddler who managed to grab his mom’s piece from her handbag in a busy Walmart.

Either way I’m dead.  Either way our right to live in a reasonable state of security in America is violated on a daily basis by an excess of weapons that are far too easy to attain.

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One Response to “Either We Care Or We Don’t”

  1. A.E.Ribellato says:

    I think shootings may have the same effect, but differ in their motives. Being shot by a kid in a walmart is very much like being run over by a drunk driver. A terrorist that singles out some people to kill is shooting at symbols, freedom of speech in this case. And if the shooters call themselves muslims, it means they want all of us to live by their rules. A similar shooting happened in Sweden some years ago, and yes, that one was wrongly seen as a local issue, but wasn’t. Hope this makes sense to you.

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