When's the last time you thought of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon?
Been a while? Yeah... me too. Can you name a single victim? Or even how many there were this time?
Even the Wikipedia page hasn't been updated since October 9, though there has been some news and survivors have given interviews and details in the past nine days.
Maybe Jeb Bush was right. "Stuff happens."
President Obama was wrong:
“The notion that 2 months or 3 months after something as horrific as what happened in Newtown happens and we’ve moved on to other things, that’s not who we are. That’s not who we are. Now, I want to make sure every American is listening today. Less than 100 days ago that happened, and the entire country was shocked. And the entire country pledged we would do something about it and that this time would be different. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten. I haven’t forgotten those kids. Shame on us if we’ve forgotten.” —President Barack Obama (March 28, 2013)*
*Quote taken from a fascinating article from the Connecticut Law Review on "The Shooting Cycle."
None of us should act surprised when it happens again.
(I will continue to support and work for change, through organizations like MomsDemand, (http://momsdemandaction.org/)
— but in truth...