Another day, another mass shooting in the U.S.A. I know it’s been FOUR days already, but I’m wrung out. (I also just typed “wrong out” instead of “wrung out,” which indicates why it’s probably best that I’ve been off-blog and social media in general lately.)
I used to write about gun violence a lot (see below for links). I guess I’m just as jaded and discouraged as everyone else, but it’s hard to gin up the outrage yet again for another classroom full of dead students and a dead teacher. Another socially isolated and probably mentally ill young man who had a parent eager to supply him with an arsenal for mass murder.
This article by Melissa Duclos, a community college proffie in Oregon, published last Friday morning at Salon.com was the best thing I saw all weekend about last week’s murderous rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, “we don’t need your prayers, we need your courage.” After a rundown of her CC’s “emergency protocols,” she writes this:
In the next paragraph, I am told what to do if that shooter does in fact enter our classroom: “There is no one procedure that can be recommended in this situation,” the manual informs me with grim honesty, before adding, “[i]f you must fight, fight to win and survive.”
Fight to survive. I am a teacher, with a master’s degree in creative writing, and this is part of my job.
HAHAHAHAhahahahaha!!!! Except, that’s where all of us are: armed only with wipeboard markers and erasers, and maybe a shard of glass or plastic we could salvage from the framed American flags that adorn my classrooms at Baa Ram U. (because patriotism. Hooray, America!) Duclos concludes:
The next time you have an opportunity to sponsor or vote on common-sense gun legislation, instead of fearing the attack ads the gun lobby will undoubtedly launch against you, the lost campaign revenue, or the threat to your job, I hope that you think of me and my students, of the rest of the educators and students across the country, who have been asked to stand up to gunmen because you are too scared to stand up to a handful of lobbyists.
I will conclude with a request I made lo, nearly eight years ago: where can I get a high-fashion Kevlar vest?
Other relevant posts on gun violence, race, gender, American history, and the sickness unique to my country, the United States of Kiss My Ass. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph: we suck. Can you freakin’ believe that I’ve written THIRTY FIVE of these over the past eight years? Thirty-six with the Kevlar vest one, and this one makes thirty-seven.
- Death threats plus liberal gun laws = no feminist speech allowed. October 26, 2014
- We U.S. Americans are now beyond parody: guns, race, gender, and parenthood, ca. 2014. August 29, 2014
- Who pays the price for a weaponized nation? December 26, 2013
- Family responsibility, fantasy life, and American gun culture. December 13, 2013
- Colorado Dems lead the way on gun safety legislation; who will follow? February 18, 2013
- We don’t own the guns: the guns own us. January 19, 2013
- The Full Crazy. January 8, 2013
- But I thought guns made us all safer: fear and intimidation in Westchester County. January 7, 2013
- A conversation with Chauncy DeVega about guns, masculinity, and the white violent crime epidemic. January 3, 2013
- I’ll say this for mass murderers: December 18, 2012
- Other links, other views on the Newtown, Conn. mass murder, plus a reconsideration of parenting. December 17, 2012
- Gender, family life, and gun-fueled mass-murder. December 16, 2012
- Public school teachers and administrators are everything that’s wrong with education today. December 15, 2012
- Of course, we can’t even talk about limiting gun ownership now. . . December 14, 2012
- Another day, another mass murder in the U.S.A. August 6, 2012
- This state sucks. July 24, 2012
- Gender, ownership, and the law. July 22, 2012
- Yet another mass murder in Colorado. July 20, 2012
- 4-20 and loaded .44s: guess which one isn’t welcome on campus? April 20, 2012
- The gendered expressions of mental illness and violence. May 26, 2011
- More guns in the hands of college students is just the ticket! February 7, 2011
- Sadly, no surprises: young, mentally ill man murders 6 and injures 14. January 9, 2011
- 20th anniversary of the massacre at L’Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal. December 6, 2009
- Guns and gender: “Many say” that “some” don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. December 5, 2009
- Gun bans: what are we really talking about here? December 2, 2009
- More guns make us safer. Not! November 6, 2009
- Man shoots women: just another dog-bites-man story. August 8, 2009
- Another daughter is dead, and the story is all about the killer now. May 9, 2009.
- Daddy knows best! April 22, 2009
- Let’s play “what’s wrong with this headline?” April 20, 2009
- Guns, threats, space, and gender. April 18, 2009
- Amorphous system beats, kills women and children. April 11, 2009
- Ski resort “Christian” murderer update. January 9, 2009
- “Christian” imperialism. December 31, 2009
- Heartbreaking. But where is our outrage? February 15, 2008
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go MacGuyver up a plan that will help me foil a crazed gunman on campus using just my flip phone, my checkbook, a compact mirror, and a couple of old lipsticks that are knocking around in the bottom of my backpack. Because that’s that plan, friends, and as we all know that a plan beats the ever-loving sh!t out of no plan.