“We have met the enemy and he is us,” Walt Kelly

Yes I am a day late and a dollar short already Holidailies. Life is funny that way.

I have watched the news. There are more shootings. There are more mass shootings now than ever. And there is speculation on why this one occurred with people yelling over each other.

Does it matter why? Does it only matter how? The only thread that seems to matter is that each person thought shooting a bunch of people would solve their problems. Terrorists of the islamic persuasion seem to think violence will carry out a jihad. A random white guy thinks killing a bunch of people at Planned Parenthood will stop abortions. Another guy thinks killing a bunch of kids will stop the demons in his mind from haunting his dreams. Ultimately, killing solves none of these problems.

Will slowing down the sale of guns help? Does having guns make us safer? How many people carrying guns have stopped any of these mass killings. There is no such thing as perfect safety. Even a person in a hermetically sealed bubble runs the risk of suffication.

The fear based dehumanization of others needs to stop. A person is more likely to be killed by someone he already knows. A woman is more likely to be killed by an abusive partner. There isn’t a magic decider ring to see evil.

I have no solutions. I only have questions. Lots and lots of questions.