Gunfire erupted at a Mother's Day parade in New Orleans over the weekend, leaving 19 people, including two children, injured. At least one suspect is caught on camera apparently randomly firing into the huge crowd before fleeing. The children, a boy and a girl, both 10 years old, were reportedly grazed and are in good condition at the hospital. There's some "good" news in at least none of the victims have died -- yet. The bad news is that it happened at all. And that these shootings are becoming so common that it almost seems like an every week occurence!
Authorities believe there was more than one shooter as victims were grazed with different guns. Apparently nothing is sacred anymore. You can be enjoying yourself at a parade and then suddenly shot. Just like the people enjoying themselves at the Boston Marathon. And the children and staff at Sandy Hook getting ready for their day of learning. There are also just random shootings like the recent one at the Houston airport. So many school shootings it's hard to keep track of them (so this table did).
It's pretty sad when you read about 19 people shot at a parade and your emotion is -- numbness. Because this seems to happen so often. What is happening to this country? And yet, as someone who has lived in New York City for over a decade, I've never seen a shooting, never seen a gun, never been threatened by a gun -- and yet I feel as if I live in a war zone. You get to the point where you don't know where it will happen next.
The shooting in New Orleans is being called "street violence" and reportedly has no link to terrorism, but does this make anyone feel better? The rest of the world looks at us like we're insane. It doesn't help that the media covers this stuff relentlessly -- but what is the media supposed to do, ignore mass shootings?
When I lived in the U.K. during college, one of the first questions I was asked by a local was, "How many dead bodies have you seen?" I didn't understand the question or why it was being asked. I told the person I'd seen my great-grandfather's dead body, as he had an open coffin. But later it dawned on me that other countries see so much violence in our country that they think we're literally tripping over dead bodies -- and in some neighborhoods, we are.
Will any of this ever stop? If we're this numb over a shooting like this, what will it be like in 10 years? What is wrong with this country?
Why do you think this keeps happening?
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