WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?
You know what is sad about this incident in Las Vegas in addition to the horrifying loss of life by the hand of a man who was clearly suffering some major defect, is that I'm not even surprised anymore. My daughter was born pre-Columbine, and is used to news about shootings every few weeks or so. Its a part of her life. Last week there was graffiti on a bathroom wall at her high school warning of a school shooting, and the week before the students were evacuated as a result of a bomb threat. This is her life. And she doesn't live in Mexico among drug cartels, or South Central LA among gangs, or in a war torn country, this is a safe, affluent county, and this is still a part of her life.
AND NOW TOM PETTY IS DEAD? ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
What is the universe trying to tell us here? I have been so frustrated lately with the amount of hostility I see around me every day; people yelling at each other about parking spaces, people being snarky and entitled when it would cost them nothing to be kind, kids following those adults' examples. The negativity of the news, and the hurricanes and the shootings and the fleeing refugees, and the earthquakes. I just can't. Its hard to let it all in and feel it. I think we'd go crazy if we did.
So here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to call my representatives and ask them what its gonna take to get some gun control laws passed. I'm going to attend a rally for gun control if I can find one. I'm going to be as kind as I can, and as generous as I can, and I'm going to self righteously suggest that others do the same when they are choosing to be ass hats.
I'm going to blast some Tom Petty and have a day drink and dance in my living room. And pray. In my atheist way, I'll pray. What else can we do? I'm open to suggestions.