When will “thoughts and prayers” be more than “thoughts and prayers?”

Yesterday’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida shouldn’t affect me. I don’t have a reason to feel this grief, this sadness, and pain for individuals I don’t know – but yet, I woke up this morning feeling this grief about what I’m reading, which saddens me about the current state of society here in America.

According to the news media, there have been 18 school shootings (counting yesterday)  in less than 50 actual days within the new year. If you’re also keeping track at home, that’s literally a little more than 30 actual school days. Now some are trying to debunk this, and you know, whatever floats your boat to take away from problem. The point stands. It’s one too many.

Am I surprised the shooter in this case was influenced by a white supremacist group? I’m really not. Nothing rarely surprises me anymore.  These things have been normalized to the point now where I bet you can recycle this blog in about 3 weeks. 

I remember Sandy Hook back in 2012 because I had a doctor’s appointment and was appalled reading the news on my phone. Some of you reading this probably remember what happened at Columbine in 1999 (I vaguely remember that, but I was 6 and I do remember being in elementary school doing lockdown drills for awhile after that. Shoutout to Olympic View!).

Sandy Hook was the peak of the school shooting & gun control issue in America. When a bunch of children die, and the response is “well this is a hoax because President Obama and the left want gun control,” then we should have known that it was always going to be “thoughts and prayers” because people love claiming the 2nd amendment although… it’s a little bit outdated.

The phrase “thoughts and prayers” irks me at times, especially when it comes from the people we elect. I’m not saying they can’t have “thoughts and prayers,” but at some point, the “thoughts and prayers” you supposedly are sending to the families and victims should result in action. Action that should have began with laws years, if not almost two decades ago.

Nobody is saying “take away all of the guns” (well some are), but in a country where these events happen more than anybody wants them to, maybe we should talk about having regulations instead of waiting for another event to happen so we can muster up the same talking points instead of actually giving a shit about who these things happen to.

I just, I don’t know man.

I’m not a politician, nor do I want to be (although Brent, Jake, and myself would be a hell of a trio in the White House). However, something is going to have to give. Either we as citizens actually hold people accountable who get paid to create some type of laws as they sit and tweet “thoughts and prayers”  or we continue to reach the same fate every 10-15 days, asking ourselves “another school shooting?”

I can’t say this enough. We can only be the change we want to see. Take action. Be responsible before it’s too late.