Mass shootings have become disturbingly routine throughout America. Our schools—formerly deemed safe havens for youth development—have endured some of the worst of these incidents: Virginia Tech, Parkland and, of course, Sandy Hook.
I’m always hearing that large candidate pools are such a great thing for the electorate, that we’ll be so well-informed on the issues and hear several compelling perspectives that ignite quality discussion. Within other contexts, I might concur with this take, but as applied to American politics, I vehemently disagree with it.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, a gunman committed another mass shooting in West Texas. We all have failed these seven people who lost their lives, and we all have failed all the victims of mass shootings before them. If our government and people truly cared at all about the problem, this could have been prevented.
Public institutions have a pretty bad track record as of late. In the United States, everywhere from police departments up to Congress has been looked on disdainfully recently. Globally, news about undemocratic elections, abuses of power and just general incompetence have been coming around again and again.