“And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.”
– John Donne, No Man Is An Island
This chart depicts the number of fatalities in mass shootings in the U.S. from 2014 to 2016. You can see clearly that the toll from the latest shooting in Orlando, Florida far outnumbers even the sum of a number of past shootings.
Frank Bruni sums it up pretty well. This isn’t an attack on a minority subset of a population, but an attack on the “bedrock” of our society: the very idea of democracy, acceptance, and diversity.
How many of these incidents are still going to happen before something is done? Sadly, maybe quite a few. “And to actively do nothing is a decision as well.”
You can’t really say “I’m glad this didn’t/doesn’t happen where I live.” Just because it didn’t, doesn’t mean it couldn’t.
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
– Martin Niemöller