Posts tagged rage
Posts tagged rage
The efforts by those to separate the Sandy Hook shootings from a political narrative “out of respect” are essentially saying, “if you attach a pre-existing narrative to our tragedy, you lessen its import.”
We all know what political tragedies look like; we hear about them every morning on the radio, read about them every day in the paper. They are black kids in Chicago getting gunned down before they have a chance to graduate high school. They are brown kids in Pakistan murdered by drones sent out by a nation that Pakistan is supposedly allied with. They are the innocents who are murdered by a gang war that is tearing Mexico apart. They are the millions of women and children that are sold into sexual slavery every day in every part of the world.
These people, these deaths, they exist in a separate part of our brain. They are “news”. Their voices, their faces, they can be turned off, when we complain that we’re “sick of the news”, or that “the news is too negative”.
Categorization allows us to ignore them.
So to place these dead (our dead) into this category by attaching their stories to a political narrative, is to lessen the importance of their deaths.
Because this is so tragic, this can’t possibly compare. Because if you could, then these dead kids become just another statistic, just some other tragedy that we can chalk up to another sad incident in a sad pattern.
…. the answer is obvious, isn’t it?
There are no deaths that can be ignored. There are no tragedies that aren’t personal. You do not have permission to turn your brain off when you’re sick of the news, because the families of those lost don’t have that luxury.
Even when its a political tragedy.
The families of Sandy Hook, Conn., struggled to cope with the enormous grief of losing 28 of their neighbors, 20 of them children over the weekend.
President Barack Obama pledged to use whatever power the office of the presidency holds to prevent another tragedy like this one.
And elsewhere in the country, people continued to die from gun fire.
A sheriff’s deputy in Missouri was shot in the back and killed while on the scene responding to an emergency medicla situation. The patient’s son ambushed the officer and shot him at close range in the back.
Authorities investigated the shooting death of a boy in Southwest Denver.
A man was shot and killed in Harrisburg, Pa., his body dropped off at a local hospital.
A Nevada man shot and killed himself on Friday after shooting his girlfriend in the face.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, police responded to a murder suicide. A 76-year-old man shot and killed a 51-year old woman with a rifle in California City, Calif.
A 28-year old man was shot and killed while standing on a front porch early Sunday on the West Side of Chicago.
A 21-year old man was shot and killed by someone he knew in Charlotte, N.C..
Two Topeka, Kan. police officers were fatally shot in the head outside a grocery store Sunday responding to a suspicious vehicle report.
The tattoo artist in a Los Angeles tattoo parlor was fatally shot in the early morning hours of Sunday.
These stories represent only a handful of the deaths from gun violence that took place in the 72 hours since Adam Lanza stormed Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg put it best on Friday:
“For every day we wait, 34 more people are murdered with guns.”
A lot of people have pointed out that, while the Sandy Hook shooting was an unthinkable tragedy, gun violence happens every single day in America. Here’s everyone who was sacrificed this weekend for America’s sick gun worship.
Also, yes, I will be talking about the shooting throughout the day. I will tag all of the posts with “gun control” if you want to Tumblr Savior it.
Several people are shot in Chicago every weekend. We have a serious gun violence problem, but it’s ongoing. This list makes it seem as though the gun violence here is somehow connected to the school shooting in Connecticut. It’s not; and I’d venture a guess that none of the others are either.
Argument over loud music led to fatal shooting of teen
November 27, 2012
A Brevard County man was in jail Monday, accused of shooting a teenager dead in an argument over loud music.
Michael David Dunn, 45, and his girlfriend were in Jacksonville Friday for Dunn’s son’s wedding when they stopped at a convenience store, Jacksonville sheriff’s Lt. Rob Schoonover said.
Jordan Russell Davis, 17, and several other teenagers were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot when Dunn pulled up next to them in a car and asked them to turn down their music, Schoonover said.
Jordan and Dunn exchanged words, and Dunn pulled a gun and shot eight or nine times, striking Jordan twice, Schoonover said. Jordan was sitting in the back seat. No one else was hurt.
Dunn’s attorney Monday said her client acted responsibly and in self-defense. She did not elaborate.
Dunn’s girlfriend and the driver of Jordan’s vehicle were in Gate Food Post, 8251 Southside Blvd., when the shooting happened. Dunn and his girlfriend took off afterward, and witnesses jotted down their tag number, deputies said.
They were staying in a Jacksonville hotel when they heard a news report Saturday morning indicating someone had died in the shooting, deputies said. They then returned to Brevard.
Dunn, a gun collector, was arrested Saturday at his home in Satellite Beach on charges of murder and attempted murder. He was being held without bail.
Jordan, who was a student at Samuel W. Wolfson High School, a magnet school in Duval County, will be buried in his hometown of Marietta, Ga. He is survived by his parents and a brother. Jordan worked at Winn-Dixie, according to his Facebook page.
This is absolutely heartbreaking. Dunn will likely use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law as defense even though he fired at least eight times into a vehicle with four unarmed teenagers.
Another case of a black child going to the convenience store and never coming home…
What in the shittin ass hell…
So that’s how we lash out, now? We kill other people’s children? This is a thing, people. We’re not making this shit up.
#HamasBumperStickers is currently trending on twitter.
You really don’t wanna see the type of shit that’s getting posted.
الله ينصر أهلنا في غزة
Take a moment from whatever your doing and raise your hands; pray for the people of Gaza. May Allah protect them.
LATEST: Bombs have hit the densely populated refugee camp. Israeli warships still shelling Gaza.
In Pictures: Gaza Strip under Israeli attack
Over the past 48 hours, the Israeli army has escalated their aerial and ground attacks against the Gaza Strip. At least five Palestinians, including children, have been killed, and more than 30 others, including 6 women and 12 children, have been wounded.
Four of these deaths and 38 of the injuries, some of them serious, resulted from an Israeli attack in the residential neighborhood of al-Shoja’iya, east of Gaza City, which occurred on Sunday.
(Credit for photographs: Anne Paq / Al Jazeera)
i can feel my heart shatter
allah yi7mee balady<3
After reading the article, it is as bad as it sounds. The autopsy leaves little to the imagination:
Capt R claimed that he had not fired the shots at the girl but near her. However, Dr Mohammed al-Hams, who inspected the child’s body at Rafah hospital, counted numerous wounds. “She has at least 17 bullets in several parts of the body, all along the chest, hands, arms, legs,” he told the Guardian shortly afterwards. “The bullets were large and shot from a close distance. The most serious injuries were to her head. She had three bullets in the head. One bullet was shot from the right side of the face beside the ear. It had a big impact on the whole face.”
Just a reminder, everyone: the occupation of Palestine is funded by the United States. We pay for the IDF to riddle children with bullets.
Twenty–three days is the amount of time that I spent in an Israeli jail. Twenty-three days seems like a small part of a person’s life, but it was enough time to change the rest of mine.I want to share my experiences of the twenty-three days that I spent in jail; how I dealt with what I saw there and the people whom I met. For twenty-three days my freedom was stolen. Other Palestinians are not so lucky. They don’t know if they will ever be free.
One cold night in March, I threw myself on my bed after a hard day at the university. It was raining heavily outside, the weather was cold. I was tired enough to go sleep early. I didn’t know what awaited me the next day; my thoughts were focused on how I would get to the university the next day in the cold weather. I had many exams that week and I was worried about getting good grades.
Because I was tired, it didn’t take more than a moment until my eyes closed and I fell asleep.
What felt like a second later, my eyes opened again.I wish they had not. Suddenly there was a noise I couldn’t recognize. A huge sound shook my house; I would later find out that the sound was the front door of my home being broken into.
I thought it was a nightmare. I closed my eyes and when I opened them again, a soldier was aiming his gun at me. It felt like a dream. I closed my eyes for the last time and then opened them again. The soldier was still there.