Mass Shooting Day — 0050

In the Spirit of the Gracious and Compassionate
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth

Lester A. Knibbs aka Doctor Hakeem

In the United States of America, every day is a Mass Shooting Day. It is no longer news. It is the new normal. (The “new normal”?! What is this — a fashion statement?) It should never be normal. We need to reject it.

Just as the daily news reports counted the days of the Iran Hostage Crisis, so should we count the days of mass shootings — until we put an end to it. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

  • “The tyranny of the majority”
    • There is a group of people who have been working hard for the last 30 years, at least, to gain control of the government and the society. To me, the point is not whether these people call themselves “Evangelical Christians” or “Conservative Republicans” or “Corporate Oligarchs” or “Free-Market Neo-Liberals” or “Radical Islamists” or “Marxist-Leninists”.  The point is that they have no intention of respecting the constitutional foundations of our society.
      • I just recently watched “With God on Our Side: George W. Bush and the Rise of the Religious Right in America” — a documentary which is much more about the “religious Right” than about the second President Bush. I found it quite informative.
      • The constitutional foundations of our society — however imperfect — have allowed a wide variety of people to live together in a jostling and discordant harmony, but in harmony nonetheless. The constitution has safeguards against the tyranny of the majority.
        • Roe v. Wade, for example, allows those who want the freedom to have abortions to live in peace with people such as myself (even if we should happen to be a majority), who hate abortion but think a governmental prohibition would be even worse.
        • The repeal of the amendment establishing Prohibition is another example of how well the constitution works. Prohibition was an extreme multi-faceted disaster, from which the society has never totally recovered — but the constitutional process allowed us to end the disaster without having another civil war. Hopefully, the profoundly hypocritical and stupid so-called “war on drugs” will also be ended, and without requiring a constitutional amendment.
        • Without a uniform set of moral values, it is impossible to legislate morality without tyranny — whether a tyranny of a determined minority or of an overbearing majority. (When people actually do have a uniform set of moral values, it is unnecessary to legislate morality.)
      • Can you force people to be good?
        • Any group of people who gain power and attempt to force people to be good will be establishing an oppressive dictatorship.
    • People are on edge, dealing with difficult situations. Often, no “right” or “good” option is available — only “less bad” options. The pressure to be good can actually lead to the worst possible outcome. Remember Prohibition. Remember all of those nasty and often fatal back-room abortions. And think about the epidemic of daily Mass Shootings.
      • We need to be helping each other, instead of trying to force people to be good.
  • Is your church, mosque, temple, tabernacle, or synagogue addressing issues of importance in the life of the society? Is it an uplifting house of enlightenment and compassion and intelligent commitment to reform and healing and helpfulness? If not, get the hell out.

Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that this day and every day is a Mass Shooting Day.

I started the count Saturday, June 17, 2017. Today is day 0050. Hopefully, we will put an end to this scourge before I run out of numbers.

Mass Shooting Day 0050.

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