I almost never post about real life here on this blog, because I know people don’t come to a blog that is usually rando rants about videogames to hear about serious topics, but today is an exception for an important reason.
The amount of mass shootings in the USA is insane if you look at the statistics, yet you still have people argue that MORE guns is going to help the problem. Even more insane is the amount of people I’ve read who seriously list “being a militia against government tyranny” as a reason to own a gun. Because yes, your AR-15 is really going to turn the tide should the US Government decide to use drone strikes and F15s against you. Also everyone knows when you are out hunting, an extended mag is crucial to putting that deer down.
The Daily News, a NY city based paper, recently also put a cover out highlighting the hypocrisy of some politicians that tweeted out “Thoughts and Prayers” as their way of ‘doing something’ about this. A lot of people missed why this is hypocritical; these politicians CAN do something substantial about the issue rather than just blurt out (over freaking Twitter…) the easiest thing possible, but don’t because, in part, they are part of the problem and block guns laws from passing that would move the US towards more of a civilized nation that doesn’t have mass shootings as a weekly event.
On a smaller but equally important scale, there was news today on Massively that one of the people murdered in San Bernardino was an EVE player that had a wife and young daughter. Friends of the family set up a GoFundMe page, which as of this posting has collected 25k+ from over 600 people. It has also been shared 8.7k times. It would be nice if more of those 8.7k “thoughts and prayers” shares actually did something of substance (give money), wouldn’t it?