It’s Long Past Time We Admit America Has a Problem With Angry White Men And Guns
Another Shooting in the United States of America, Carried Out By A White Man
I have a lot to say, but I am going to let the dead speak for themselves, the following information was compiled for Wikipedia.
If you’re still here to read this, the majority of these killings were done by white men with guns. At what point are we going to say that enough is fucking enough?!
How many more people need to die before we realize that white men with access to guns are a dangerous element to our society?
In comparison to these lists of dead people, the last mass shooting in Canada was in 2020, before that it was 2018. Canada has a mass shooting every few years, and yes we need to talk about this, but the pictures that I’ve posted from Wikipedia, are from this year alone.
I am scared. I am scared for women, I am scared for Asian women, I am scared for marginalized women, I am afraid for children.
The killer, Robert Aaron Long, 21, murdered eight people because he had a “sex addiction,” and because he was having a “bad day”, and of course that can only be blamed on women.
Specifically, in this case, Asian women, who have been treated as sexual objects for centuries.
I am so angry about all of this, and I don’t know where to start, I don’t know if I should talk about guns, about white guys, about racism, about the sexual devaluation of women around the world, mental health, where do I even begin? There is just so much.
This is a man who “suffers from mental health issues,” I suffer from mental health issues, but I haven’t gone out and killed a bunch of people, and I’ve been gang-raped three times and raped by individual men so many times that I’ve lost count.
So why is it that I am capable of handling my emotions in a healthy way and he couldn’t?
What makes me so special that I can stop myself from going and getting a gun and killing people just because I had a bad day? It’s not because I’m strong, because most often than not I am too angry or sad or scared to be strong.
It’s because I know that killing a bunch of strangers, isn’t going to make me feel better. Right now the only thing that I can say with 100% honesty is that my heart is with the Asian American community right now and Asians around the world.
I don’t have friends that are in danger of being killed in a massage parlor, but I do have Asian American friends that I love very much, whose friendship has brought me to the beautiful healthy place you see today, and I cannot begin to fathom what they are going through.
I imagine they are feeling the same way many of us Black women were feeling when Breonna Taylor was killed.
I don’t know how to make this better, I don’t know what to say or how to help them comprehend what has happened to their community.
It’s easy to say that he had mental health issues, but I don’t give a fuck, billions of us suffer from mental health issues, we don’t go out and murder people to make ourselves feel better.
This is not going to stop until we admit that America is lazy. America has a habit of throwing issues like gun violence, rape, violence against women, and violence against marginalized communities under the rug until it happens again.
And it always happens again. There is no end to the mass shootings in America, and there won’t be until we start telling white American men that they don’t have the right to go and end the lives of whomever they want, just because they are having a bad day.
America was founded on the blood of indigenous people, the foundations of this country were put into place by the blood, sweat, and tears, of enslaved Black human beings from around the world. America’s lust for blood seemingly has no end.
It’s 4:18 in the morning as I write this, so I know that I am tired because I just woke up, but I also know that I am tired of waking up to one more horror after another in America, and turning off the news isn’t going to make this bad stuff stop.
We, as a society around the world, have to hold America accountable for its ignorance because until we do, we’re going to keep having mass killings in America. That’s just the truth of it.
Sending all my love,
Devon J Hall