So there was another candlelight vigil (Monday night) about this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton.
The invitation to this event said “Hate has no home here.”
But it does, if “here” is the United States.
When are we going to go bonkers on this stuff and act like the radicals of our youth — the Berrigan brothers, et al.? (Oh, and that radical named Jesus???)
This is baloney, to use a polite term. Activism is called for in big ways on the events of this past weekend and every day in our country.
National Public Radio on Sunday reported that there have been 251 mass shootings (which include four or more people other than the shooter).
This year. What?
It’s Aug. 4, you gotta be kidding me. Go ahead, fact check this and you’ll find it’s true. (I thought maybe 251 since 2014 or 2010 or….)
Remember that famous definition of insanity? Doing the same thing (prayers and heartfelt feelings for victims and their families and friends, candlelight vigils, etc.) over and over and expecting different results?
Well, we’re insane if we expect this to change.
We need to either be very radical on this issue or admit that we expect 30-plus mass shootings to occur each month and we don’t care enough to change.
Aren’t we facing worse times than the Vietnam War when the best of our Catholic brothers and sisters (the Catonsville Nine) got locked up for burning draft records in the very Catholic birthplace of Maryland?