It's taken me a little while to gather my thoughts on the recent events in Las Vegas. I've come to a revelation and had some thoughts. Firstly, I feel like this happens all too frequently and I would rather not have thoughts be triggered by senseless acts of violence or natural disasters where people get hurt. That being said, with all of these things going on where we all proclaim "prayers for xyz" we have to ask ourselves if prayers are enough anymore?
I may not be a particularly religious man (although I would consider myself spiritual) but shouldn't we be taking a long hard look at the root cause of these events? Climate change and gun control seem to be the major issues on the table here. Climate change has been addressed ad nauseum so I don't feel the need to address it here but suffice to say that if you still believe that mankind has negligible impact on climate change then perhaps you should stop following me right now.
Australian comedian, Jim Jeffries has a good segment on guns (full transcript here):
There’s nothing wrong with saying, “I like something. Don’t take it away from me.” But don’t give me this other bullshit. The main one is, In American accent “I need it for protection. I need to protect me. I need to protect my family.” Really? Is that why they’re called “assault rifles”? Is it? I’ve never heard of these fucking “protection rifles” you speak of. Protection? What the fuck are you talking about? You have a gun in your house, you’re 80% more likely to use that gun on yourself, than to shoot someone else. And people think, “Well, that’d never happen to me.” You don’t know that, because you know what? ♪ From time to time We all get sad ♪ ♪ One day you’re happy Then you’re sad ♪ ♪ And then, uh-oh ♪
Faith is all well and good but at some point we, as a species, need to step up and take action to ensure the safety of our fellow human beings. So today, make eye contact, smile, say a kind word, or do something nice for someone; and tomorrow, do it again.