Silence. That’s what you’ve heard from me. Silence about the Las Vegas shootings. Silence because it takes me time to process events like this. Silence because I process these events quietly and privately. And, you know, I almost never do anything quietly. But senseless killings take me to a much quieter place where I have to think. And be quiet.
Silence. That’s because there is nothing to say about the Las Vegas shootings. Just like there was nothing to say about the 1984 shooting at McDonalds in San Ysidro CA; the 1986 shooting at the post office in Edmond, OK; the 1989 playground shooting in Stockton, CA; the 1990 GM shooting in Jacksonville, FL; the 1991 shooting at Luby’s in Killeen, TX; the 1991 University of Iowa shooting; the 1992 Lindhurst High School shooting in Olivehurst, CA; the 1993 shooting in the financial district of San Francisco; the 1993 shooting on the Long Island Rail Road commuter train; the 1998 middle school shooting in Jonesboro, AK; the 1999 Columbine shooting; the 1999 Atlanta, GA shooting in the All-Tech Investment and Momentum Securities offices; the 1999 shooting at Wedgwood Baptist Church in Ft. Worth; the 1999 shooting at Xerox in Honolulu; the 2000 shooting in Wakefield, MA at Edgewater Technology; the 2001 Santee, CA school shooting; the 2002 shooting at the University of Arizona College of Nursing; the 2003 shooting at Lockheed in Meridian MS; the 2005 shooting on the Red Lake Indian Reservation; the 2006 shooting at the mail processing plant in Goleta, CA; the 2006 shooting of five Amish girls in Nickel Mines, PA; The 2007 shooting at a Salt Lake City shopping mall; the 2007 shooting on the Virginia Tech campus; the 2007 shooting at an Omaha Mall; the 2008 shooting at Northern Illinois University; the 2009 shooting at the immigration services center in Binghamton, NY; the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood; the 2010 shooting at the University of Alabama; the 2010 shooting in Manchester, CT at Hartford Distributors; the 2011 shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 11 others in Tucson, AZ; the 2011 shooting at Seal Beach, CA; the 2012 shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, CA; the 2012 shooting at the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, CO; the 2012 shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, WI; the 2012 shooting at a sign company in Minneapolis, MN; the 2012 shooting at the Azana Salon in Brookfield, WI; the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT; the 2013 shooting at Santa Monica College; the 2013 shooting in Washington DC at the Navy yard; the 2014 shooting at Ft. Hood; the 2014 shooting at Isla Vista College in California; the 2015 shooting at the Emanuel Africa Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC; the 2015 shooting in Chattanooga, TN at two military centers; the 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, OR; the 2015 shooting at Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, CO; the 2015 shooting at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernadino, CA; the 2016 shooting at the Orlando, FL night club; the 2016 shooting at Macy’s in Burlington, WA; the 2017 UPS shooting in San Francisco; the 2017 shooting at Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida or the 2017 shooting at an awning company in Orange County, FL.
Silence. Because there is nothing to say. Other than the world is full of evil. The world is full of mental illness. The world is full of people without a conscience. The world is full of sin. The world is full of guns.
And silence because the not-so-silent majority will never believe me that it’s not guns which are the problem.