My own response, as well as those of others, to the events of September 11th taught me that major crises tend to entrench people more in their beliefs as opposed to altering them. The tragedy in Parkland, Florida does nothing to change my view that significant enough gun control to alter the culture of mass violence in America, i.e. the confiscation of millions of weapons, would cause civil unrest and domestic insurgency, if not civil war. I don’t believe that guns in the hands of my neighbors protect my civil liberties, but they do, and the overlap of that belief with a paranoid apocalyptic worldview makes much of the United States a powder keg.
My thoughts congealed around an interesting juxtaposition of stories on the horrible impact of the flu this year on children, and the stories of the massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and I wondered if more kids in Broward County would die this year in car crashes, or if more high school students in Florida would die while driving to school this year than died on February 14th? 84 children have died of the flu since October, but more than three times as many have died on the roads just in the new year. I read a piece with this emphatic headline:
Are you asking how you can tell your son it’s safe to drive him to soccer practice?
Sure, let’s get more kids vaccinated with better vaccines, go ahead and tweak our gun laws to diminish the horrible loss of life in these mass shootings, but if you really want to save thousands upon thousands upon thousands of children’s lives (not to mention millions from serious injury) #slowthecars and fight for schools in walkable neighborhoods and build communities where children can live active and engaged lives without getting into cars or walking and biking next to enormous transportation projectiles. We can do it. It’s been done.
Prioritize people, subjugate the car.
(What was that I said about civil war?)