The Monday after the El Paso and Dayton shootings a man in Atlanta shot three people and then himself. It was just another shooting such as those we wake up to nearly every morning. I don’t recall this level of violence 20 or 30 years ago.
Road rage is a relatively new phenomenon which is growing more and more common as well. Angry drivers are drawing weapons on drivers they feel have wronged them more and more often. Or they pull out into traffic rather than waiting until it’s safe. This evening a guy walked into the shop where my husband works and said he came within inches of being shot in a road rage incident. The shooter was able to drive away.
People are behaving in an angry manner so often it surpasses my cynicism. Trump people hate immigrants. Democrats hate Trump people. Meanwhile Congress still only represents the 1%, while they endlessly debate issues that the 99% overwhelmingly support.
The oppressive heat this summer may contribute to the level of anger as climate change rears its ugly head. But we continue to do those things which guarantee more warming, because Congress doesn’t work for us.
We have the illusion of power with the cars we drive which favor horsepower over mileage. And we have our guns no matter how bad an idea that proves to be. And so we have shootings, mass and otherwise. And the anger grows.