Sunday. Another mass shooting, this time in Texas. Once again a madman with a gun has turned another American city into a scene of terror and chaos and the grisly death toll from gun violence continues to rise. The headlines in newspapers and the stories on network news seem like they have developed a stutter, same awful story, different city, different date. There is one publication that has managed to capture the gut-wrenching futility and sense of frustration felt by so many. The Onion.
The Onion first penned an article in May of 2014 following the shooting at UCSB when a college student killed six people. The headline?
The site republishes the exact same article after mass shootings, changing only the dates, the location of the violence, and the number of individuals killed. They have published this article 5 times since UCSB; following shootings at the church in Charleston, a community college in Oregon, a holiday party in San Bernardino, in Las Vegas and now in Texas.
By doing so they are channeling the frustration of so many in our country who are sick and tired of these horrific acts of violence becoming commonplace, like the movie Groundhog Day if it had been written by Stephen King. The Onion article is powerful because it so perfectly captures the feeling of hopelessness and the resignation that these type of shootings will happen again and again. It is far past time for the implementation of common sense gun controls. I refuse to resign myself to the fact that the NRA is in control of our country. I am sick and tired of politicians who routinely say it is “too soon” to talk about gun control and how the only thing they offer the families of the victims are their “thoughts and prayers and moments of silence.” Cold comfort. The only way we are going to change things is to tell Washington DC that we are sick and tired of their inaction and go to the polls. I plan to.
Link to a few of the articles: