Here I am trying to absorb another 84 innocent casualties of mass shooting terror. This time it took less than a day to accumulate that number: 31 dead, 53 who have so far survived — not including the El Paso shooter.
Thinking for a moment, I can’t recall the carnage at the Gilroy Garlic Festival about a week earlier. Oh, yeah: 12 wounded, 3 killed, plus the shooter. This was the guy who placed an order online for a Romanian-made AK-47 variant, which he picked up legally at a Nevada gun shop.
So in three shootings we’ve got two dead shooters and only one left to face public anger over these senseless-to-us killing sprees.
I’m encouraged by some of the current polls I read on the subject of gun violence. But one thing I’d like to see is national reflection of the pain forced on communities by these horrors. When the national flag is lowered to half-staff each day there is an awareness that something of national consequence has happened. It would be a symbolic act of recognition to lower the flag of the United States one day for each victim — killed or wounded — at every mass shooting act of terror. Not just six days for the act, but 84 days for 84 people. 99 days for 99 people. Across the country.
Bob Bramwell, Pinehurst