Another day, another mass shooting in America.
This time, it’s another attack at a high school, with at least 17 people dead after a 19-year-old opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The attacker has been named as Nikolas Cruz, who was a former student at the school who had been expelled.
It is the deadliest school shooting since the infamous Sandy Hook massacre in 2012, when 26 people were killed.
It is the sixth school shooting incident in 2018 that has either wounded or killed students.
It produced footage like the below; one can only imagine how frightening it would be to witness this in your own school.
More horrific stories began to emerge:
Law enforcement officials describe horrific scene inside school. Beyond the bodies and blood were also piles of backpacks and cell phones dropped, some still ringing unanswered as parents desperately tried to find their kids to see if they were ok.— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) February 15, 2018
And people began to get angry at the fact that nothing has been done relating to gun control in the US since Sandy Hook, which was widely expected to be a turning point in America’s bizarre relationship with guns.
One shoe bomber tried to blow up a plane and now we are forced to take off our shoes.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) February 14, 2018
1606 mass shootings since Sandy Hook Elementary School and Congress has done NOTHING.
It was left to basketball coach and seven-time NBA champion as a player, Steve Kerr, to eloquently express the complete frustration that logically-minded people have with the US government.
“Nothing has been done [to resolve the situation]. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death, day after day, in schools. It doesn’t matter that people are being shot at a concert, at a movie theatre. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people who are running this country, to actually do anything. That’s demoralising… It’s disgusting.”
As always, The Onion updated its famous article: ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens’ with details of the latest mass shooting.
It was first written after a college student killed six people in the area around the University of California at Santa Barbara in May 2014, but is refreshed every time there is a new gun-related incident; the fact that the article remains the same bar the changing of location and death toll is part of what makes it so powerful. It happens again and again, and nothing ever changes, despite the fact that the solution to it is so clearly obvious.
However, this time, it had even more poignancy than normal.
Because the man who wrote that headline, the former Onion senior writer and editor Jason Roeder, tweeted this:
When will the madness end?