Are We Getting Numb?

Are we getting numb? Have we got “fear fatigue”?

Or is it that we’re getting better at defiance?

 

So wisely asked by the BBC in the UK.

You may call me morbid, but I look at the pictures from each attack.

Not oogling. I look and feel. Every time.

I will never EVER start to equal one attack with another.

Don’t you either.

 

I will also not stop addressing them, each time.

I will not give attention to the perpetrators, but to the situation – that we all together can defy, withstand and change the climate of terrorism – by not normalizing it, but by keeping up the dialogue about our young ones who get radicalized and our lone wolves who’re marginalized. They’re responsible, but so are we – for creating a society where caring for each and every person in it is a matter of personal, civic duty.

 

Each victim was a person with a past, a family, and a life to live.

This is not normal.

Don’t make it normal.

Feel. Help. Support. SPEAK.

 

#lasvegas “shooting “mandalay #nevada #attack #defy #resist

 

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/36804157/are-we-becoming-numb-to-terrorism-from-hearing-about-it-too-much

 

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/numbing-power-of-terrorism

 

https://globalnews.ca/news/2950665/this-is-part-of-life-now-americans-growing-numb-to-terror-attacks/

 

 

 

4 responses to “Are We Getting Numb?”

  1. julie says:

    My goodness, I am just learning about this now from your email. Heartbreaking! I like the idea that we are all responsible to create a caring society – thank you!

  2. Andy Crestodina says:

    It’s an important question. The answer may be yes. Since the Sandyhook massacre, I do feel more helpless then before. Why didn’t anything change that day? And in more recent events, even when lawmakers are the victims on gun violence, they refuse to act.

    In this case, no one can say that if the victims had been armed, it would have been different. More guns wouldn’t have helped.

    It’s so crazy. So obvious. Certain weapons should not be legal. Certain transactions should not be legal. The actions we can take are so simple.

    This event was shocking. But I live in Chicago. People are shot and killed here every day. It’s limited to specific areas, but the numbers are staggering. Mass shootings really aren’t the main story. Where I live, the news doesn’t even report on most shootings. They just publish a headline every Monday with the weekend’s numbers: 12 shot, 5 killed.

    Today is October 3rd. How many people have been shot in Chicago this year so far? 2887. A Chicagoan gets shot every 2 hours 17 minutes. source: http://heyjackass.com/category/2017-stats/

    That does make me feel a little numb. But I also want to act.

    • Johannasawalha says:

      Andy – I LOVE your comments. And yes, in Chicago, as many as were killed in Vegas are killed every week in your home town. However, the over arching argument is actually HOW over WHY. The means by which all these people were killed, were guns. Semi- and automatic weapons. They don’t belong on the street. They should not be available, not even if you have a gun license.

      Disturbed people have caused harm throughout history, but we should care that you can kill far LESS people with a blunter weapon than a semi-automatic.

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