By Robert A. Vella
Yesterday, another tragic mass shooting took the lives of many people and injured many more. If such senseless deadly violence seems to be a daily occurrence in America these days, it’s because it really is. But, maybe this ongoing slaughter of Americans by Americans isn’t so senseless after all. To an objective, outside observer, it is indicative of a society torn asunder from internal conflict. America is truly at war, although its most dangerous and destructive enemy is itself.
Authorities on Thursday worked to determine why a man and a woman opened fire at a holiday party of his co-workers in Southern California, killing 14 people and wounding 17 in what appeared to be a planned attack.
Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and Tashfeen Malik, 27, who had a 6-month-old daughter together, were killed in a shootout with police after Wednesday’s mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center in the city of San Bernardino, a social services agency where Farook worked as an inspector.
Farook, a U.S. citizen, was born in Illinois, the son of Pakistani immigrants, according to Hussam Ayloush, who heads the Los Angeles area chapter of the Muslim advocacy group Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). Malik, his wife, was born in Pakistan and had been living in Saudi Arabia before marrying Farook, Ayloush said. Both were Muslims, Ayloush said.
The two assault rifles and two handguns recovered from the shootout were legally purchased in the United States, said Meredith Davis, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Two of them were purchased by someone “associated with this investigation,” while the buyer of the other two was not linked to the investigation, she said.
As usual, the incident was immediately followed by statements from law enforcement officials to discover what triggered these killings as well as offerings of prayers from the religiously-inclined ostensibly to ease the pain of suffering.
I’m sorry, but the official focus on this crime alone without any correlative analysis of the larger mass shooting problem in America just isn’t sufficient anymore. What motivated this couple pales in comparison to the growing societal problem now afflicting the nation. Whether motivated by rage against co-workers (as it initially appears in this case), rage against abortion providers, rage against blacks and other minorities, rage against different religions and cultures, or rage induced by mental illness, the result is the same. It is that increasingly common primeval rage which lays at the root of the problem. Why are Americans becoming obsessed with rage?
I’ve also had quite enough of prayer. Prayer does one thing and one thing only. It allows the sanctimoniously self-righteous to absolve themselves from the responsibility they bear in contributing to this problem. How many Christians prayed while spewing vile, inciting rhetoric against Planned Parenthood? How many conservative politicians prayed while doing everything imaginable to defeat even the most sensible of gun control reforms? How many white supremacist sympathizers prayed as their brothers gunned down black churchgoers? How many Muslims prayed when Islamist Jihadists attacked Paris?
I want answers to these questions. I demand America’s leaders answer these questions.
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