Thursday, February 22, 2018

Bloodbaths on American Soil

Parents wait for news after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Pic by Joel Auerbach

On Valentine’s Day this year, a 19-year old male, Nikolas Cruz, took an Uber to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. 

He was armed with a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, law enforcement officials said, which he used to spray bullets to unsuspecting victims. 

He then fled the scene on foot, blending in with the rush of students pouring from the building. 

The massacre unfolded in less than 10 minutes, according to the timeline released by the Broward County Sheriff’s office. The aftermath of this mass shooting saw at least 17 people killed and 15 others wounded, with five individuals sustaining life-threatening injuries.

The February 14, 2018 slaughter was not the latest nor will it be the last. 

Check out the gruesome statistics extracted from website Gun Violence Archive under heading Mass Shootings @ Webpage

I hadn't realized how commonplace shooting incidents are in the country. 

And like all the other mass shootings there – tears flowed freely, followed by cries of anguish that quickly turned to anger. 

Citizens organized anti-gun rallies and pleaded/pushed/pressed for stricter gun control. 

Listen to the speech by Parkland student Emma Gonzalez at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday – where she demanded national lawmakers to do something to prevent mass school shootings. She even called out President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association by name:

I am sorry but I don’t believe anything will change. Not enough Americans care enough.

The killings will continue. And life goes on for the rest of the country.

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