Gunfire Erupts at a College. Leaders Offer Prayers. Young children Are Buried. Repeat.
When (may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse) once more a nation (nation is a stable community of people, formed on the basis of a common language, territory, economic life, ethnicity and/or psychological make-up manifested in a common culture) sends thoughts and prayers, due to the fact it has happened as soon as once more.
The flak-jacketed police storming an American college in lockdown. The anguished parents pressing against the police cordon, the morning’s hurried goodbyes suddenly precious. The assembled media unfolding camera tripods and chasing the exact same story angles as if for the first time.
Aerial footage of youngsters filing out of the college, hands above heads in surrender to the tense moment. Then their frantic dash to security, their young (may refer to: Offspring, the product of reproduction of a new organism produced by one or more parents Youth, the time of life when one is young, often meaning the time between childhood and adulthood) minds yet to process what they have just witnessed.
Then that moment when the nearby law enforcement official, face blanched by the sorrow of what must be imparted, appears just before cameras. On Wednesday, it was Scott Israel, the sheriff (sheriff is a government official, with varying duties, existing in some countries with historical ties to England, where the office originated) of Florida’s Broward County, who stepped forward to announce the toll of a massacre inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School: 17 young children and adults dead, another 16 wounded (may refer to).
The suspect in custody: Nikolas Cruz, 19, a former student who was expelled from the college and who unnerved acquaintances with his obsession with violence and guns. Right after the slaughter, the police said, he dropped his legally bought rifle — an AR-15 — ran out of the school, and bought a drink at a Subway.
“There are no words,” Sheriff Israel stated.
Other than gives of thoughts and prayers. Or “prayers and condolences,” as President Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
Deadly shootings in schools — that is, the killing of youngsters in sanctuaries of understanding — have become a distinctly American ritual, the rote responses as familiar as a kindergarten recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.
Part of the accepted script is the repeated invocation of the place names of Columbine (refers to flowers of the genus Aquilegia, also known as “granny’s bonnets”) and Sandy Hook. But these massacres deserve to be much more than mere reference points, if only to underscore the protracted inaction of Congress to respond — an inaction that, judging by the Capitol Hill partisanship on show Thursday, seems concretized.
For the record: In 1999, two seniors at Columbine High (may refer to) School in Colorado killed 12 students and one teacher in a carefully orchestrated attack. And in 2012, a gunman walked into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 20 children (a child (plural: children) is a human being between the stages of birth and puberty), none older than 7, and six adults.
The nation was shocked, then doubly shocked. But the emerging American (may refer to: American, something of, from, or related to the United States Americans, citizens of the United States American ancestry, people who self-identify their ancestry as “American”) tradition of college shootings has continued.
Even the dark humor in the headline (headline is the text indicating the nature of the article below it. The large type front page headline did not come into use until the late 19th century when increased competition between) of a satirical story in The Onion, initial published in 2014, has since been stripped of any mirth, leaving only a dark, accepted truth: “‘No Way to Stop This,’ Says Only Nation Exactly where This Routinely Happens.”
Jason Roeder, the author of that often-recycled headline, underscored the national (may refer to: Nation or country Nationality – a national is a person who is subject to a nation, regardless of whether the person has full rights as a citizen National (distribution), a type of) sameness of these school shootings on Twitter (is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, known as “tweets.” These messages were originally restricted to 140 characters, but on November 7, 2017,) on Wednesday, saying: “When I wrote this headline, I had no thought (refers to ideas or arrangements of ideas that are the result of the process of thinking) it would be applied to the high school a mile from my home.”
Last month, in the wake of yet another school shooting that you may have already forgotten — a 15-year-old boy killing two classmates and wounding 18 other (or The Other may refer to) men and women in Kentucky — a former F.B.I. agent reflected on the lack of shock that she and her colleagues felt over (may refer to) the repetition of these incidents.
“I spent 4 years dealing with these sorts of events following Sandy Hook,” stated the former (former is a structural member of an aircraft fuselage, of which a typical fuselage has a series from the nose to the empennage, typically perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the aircraft) agent, Katherine W. Schweit, a co-author of a study of 160 active shooting incidents in the United States. “We are not going to be out of organization extremely soon. When I retired in July, I left a entire group nevertheless performing this. It’s not shock — it is sadness.”
This American ritual does not end with a sheriff’s announcement of the number of dead (is the cessation of all biological functions that sustain a living organism) and wounded. Other parts are acted out in an ever-running play whose plot turns on the national paralysis over the Second Amendment.
An organization (organization or organisation is an entity comprising multiple people, such as an institution or an association, that has a collective goal and is linked to an external environment) named Gun Owners of America complains that “another gunman was able to roam freely with no any armed teacher or principal opposing him.” Gun manage advocates and opponents criticize every single other for not enabling the households of victims even one particular day to grieve. Pundits solemnly pontificate.
Senator Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat whose state seasoned the Sandy (may refer to) Hook massacre, as soon as once more denounced the inaction by Congress to correctly address the “epidemic” of college shootings. “We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that occurs in this country with zero parallel anywhere else,” he mentioned.
The National Rifle Association, the muscular gun rights organization, remains quiet — for a even (may refer to) though. But politicians who have accepted its donations emerge, in implicit or explicit support of each day access to weapons intended for combat.
Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has benefited from N.R.A. largesse over the years, expressed his sadness about yet another mass shooting in his state (may refer to) — bear in mind the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016 that left 49 dead and dozens wounded? — but warned against assuming that gun restrictions would have prevented the tragedy.
And Mr. Trump, whose 2016 campaign enjoyed considerable N.R.A. help, did not seem on camera (camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both) on Wednesday, deciding on to send his condolences to the families of victims by way of Twitter. Then, on Thursday, the president managed to address the shooting with no any reference to guns instead, he promised to operate with other people “to aid safe our schools (school is an institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students (or “pupils”) under the direction of teachers), and tackle the tough issue of mental health” — a now-familiar guarantee, uttered by several.
In this case, it is left to the young to cut via the deadening sameness. On Wednesday night, a 17-year-old boy in a dark (the polar opposite to brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light) T-shirt named David Hogg — fresh from escaping the massacre (massacre is a killing, typically of multiple victims, considered morally unacceptable, especially when perpetrated by a group of political actors against defenseless victims) at his high college — looked into a CNN camera to address this country’s political leaders.
“We are children,” he stated. “You guys are the adults. Perform together, come over your politics, and get anything carried out.”
As moving as the young man’s words are, there have been other moving words more than the years — other moving (or Movin’ may refer to) moments that seemed destined to break the paralysis somehow, and save lives. The initial child’s funeral after Sandy Hook, for instance.
Instead, there is Lulu Ramadan, a reporter for The Palm Beach Post who, in her short journalism profession, has covered 3 mass shootings that have left a total of 71 individuals dead.
This sobering thought struck her Wednesday (is the day of the week following Tuesday and preceding Thursday) night, as she was waiting outdoors a Marriott hotel where parents of students at Stoneman (Stoneman was a name given by the popular English-language print media of Calcutta, India to an unidentified serial killer who murdered at least 13 homeless people of that city during their sleep) Douglas (may refer to) High had been being reunited with their kids.
“By now, unfortunately, I consider I’m utilized to it,” Ms. Ramadan stated. “It’s more like a routine, and I kind of know what to count on.”
And there is the Rev. Sharon Risher, who was resting on her couch in Charlotte, N.C., when reports about the Florida ( Spanish for “land of flowers”) is the southernmost contiguous state in the United States) shooting (is the act or process of discharging projectiles from a ranged weapon such as guns, bows or crossbows and slingshots) came across her tv. Her heart leapt at the sight of young children fleeing a school – and she switched the channel. Her mother, Ethel Lance, was 1 of the nine black churchgoers shot dead by a white supremacist throughout a Bible class in Charleston, S.C., in 2015.
Ms. Risher said she currently knows what will (may refer to) follow.
“People will rally, and they will voice their opinions on social media about how sad it is, and how they’re praying,” she mentioned. “But in the next month or so, it will be gone. And those families, like me, will have to deal with (or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album),) the devastation of our lives even though every person else moves on.”
Governors order flags to fly at half-staff. Funeral solutions for children are staggered, so as to accommodate a broken community. Schools everywhere announce that counselors stand at the ready. And a nation sends thoughts and prayers (is an invocation or act that seeks to activate a rapport with an object of worship through deliberate communication).
Published at Fri, 16 Feb 2018 01:11:59 +0000