It is just past noon and I am already into the wine. Trying to figure out a post this morning among the near infinite possibilities was difficult enough and then I heard about the latest school shooting, this time in Texas with 10 killed and 10 injured. That pretty much shut the door on my thinking.
Do these media types really expect us to watch the umpteenth repeat of the same old story? The over speculations on causes and what we can do to make this “never happen again.” Of course, it will happen again.
The assurances of our so-called president that these victims have “our support forever.” Could words be any more empty?
And I can’t stand to listen to any more “how did you feel” interviews, or any of the other stuff that the cable stations wedge in to show they care. And, though feeling some guilt, I don’t want to listen to another story of a child’s promising life that was so cruelly cut short. I feel badly for those families, but when slaughtering school children becomes common place, I don’t want to know every detail.
Tell me something new.
What I want is more insights as to what sort of coordinated effort we might develop to reduce the chances of repetitions. The bulk of coverage of these school shootings is so uniformly preliminary as to tell us nothing. I’m still waiting for a detailed report of what happened in Parkland, which I hope can give us some solid clues as to how to better guard against future shootings.
Unfortunately, while the state of Florida has a commission working on this, the last I read in April they weren’t coming up with a full report until next January. I hope they eventually do give us some useful insights, though the slow pace is maddening. Given that the shooter was throwing up more red flags than a Moscow parade, I most want to know more about the failure among the various agencies involved – the police, schools, etc. – to communicate with each other.
But that article points out other problems as well such as flaws in the school’s and the police’s response procedures. One simple but huge problem source sticks out to me. The classrooms could only be locked from the outside, so to lock up one’s room a teacher had to lock themselves out.
Mr. President, instead of being supportive forever, how about injecting some money into the Florida commission to help them finish the job sooner? And then actually act on the conclusions the study draws.
For those interested in reading that April article, go here.