Okay, so I had to take a break from the internet yesterday when I kept running into the ‘usual’ reactions we have over the usual subjects we argue about when one of these (unfortunately) familiar tragedies happens in America. I just couldn’t do it.
Instead of flirting with an aneurysm,. I decided to clean out the kitchen cupboards (probably not the greatest idea two weeks after surgery… but, too late, it’s done). And I watched O Brother, Where Art Thou?, which helped my mood immensely.
For better or worse, today’s a new day and, naturally, The Onion summarizes yesterday perfectly:
…According to the nation’s citizenry, calls for a mature, thoughtful debate about the role of guns in American society started right on time, and should persist throughout the next week or so. However, the populace noted, the debate will soon spiral out of control and ultimately lead to nothing of any substance, a fact Americans everywhere acknowledged they felt “absolutely horrible” to be aware of.
With scalpel-like precision, the American populace then went on to predict, to the minute, how long it will take for the media to swarm Aurora, CO, how long it will take for them to leave, and exactly when questions will be raised as to whether or not violence in movies and video games had something to do with the act.
The nation’s citizens also confirmed that, any time now, some religious figure or cable news personality will say something unbelievably insensitive about the tragic shooting.
“[...] Oh, and here’s another thing I hate I know,” Brennen continued, “In exactly two weeks this will all be over and it will be like it never happened.”