It could be a mental health problem. It could be a gun problem. It could be a misogyny problem. It could be a sin problem.
The cycle begins again with another shooting, another statement from the President, another non-stop media frenzy, another call for gun reform, another rush to buy more guns, another series of “thoughts and prayers” lifted.
We all agree there is a problem. What we don’t agree on is what we are going to do about it.
There are people walking on this earth at this very moment who will be the next victims of a mass shooting. This is almost certain. They are at work, in school, playing sports. It could be me. It could be you.
In Community Organizing Training a couple weeks ago, we were taught that when someone states that there is a problem, the response is: What are you going to do about it?
What are we going to do about it?
- Wear armor in public?
- Practice lock-down protocols?
- Practice self-defense with our own guns?
- Think and pray?
- Write letters to our members of Congress?
- Troll the NRA?
- Watch 24/7 news coverage and comment on social media?
The community indeed has organized in some ways. The Sandy Hook Parents organized. Various gun control groups organized. But no organization has been effective in making it stop. We can protest and bone up on mental health issues and take precautions, but what will make a difference?
It boils down to whether or not we will accept that God has commanded that we do something. Remember those commandments?
Who will lead us? (It’s a serious question.)