Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Dante Rants About The San Bernardino Shooting

I have trouble relating to people emotionally. I know that it can be considered bad but it helps me get through this crazy ass world. For those that don't know, years ago I worked at one of the largest hospitals on the West coast. My job title, patient escort, meant that I had to move supplies, samples, and people around the hospital. This mean living or dead people.

Yes. I moved dead bodies.

While working there for a cool $10.25 an hour I got to witness a lot of tragedy on an almost daily basis. A good day was maybe taking only two cancer patients to get chemo or taking someone to their car with their family as they were discharged. A bad day are days that are burned into my mind for the rest of my life. I had to talk to more family members than I can remember while their family member was being wrapped up for me to take away on a gurney. Some were okay while some cried their eyes out to me while thinking “I hope I am making them feel better.” And I did. Lots of patients while leaving thanked me for being so nice or just talking to them like a normal person.

Most times people just need an outlet of some sort. Hopefully a healthy one that doesn't involve liquor, getting high, or violence. This brings me to the reason I even started this ramble fest. Today at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino there was a shooting. They call it a mass shooting. The facility describes itself as “an agency among agencies, Inland Regional Center coordinates with generic services to normalize the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families by working to include them in the everyday routines and life rhythms of the community and by facilitating needed supports for them.”

As of me writing this there are about 14 people dead and 17 wounded. The shooters, three as far as they know, were wearing body armor and were heavily armed. Two have been killed by police, a man and a woman, with a possible third on the loose. Bodies of victims had not even been removed before everyone dusted off their podiums and started shoehorning their views on this situation.

They are terrorists. We need more gun control. We need tougher gun laws. We need a president that will change the laws regarding assault weapons. How about better mental health care. Teachers need to be armed for situations like this.

Let me answer all of those statements in order.

Anyone that intends to harm or kill someone is a terrorists. I think the word you were looking for is “Muslim.” You don't need more gun control because there is no such thing as gun control. There is people control and when anyone tries that the people tend to get rioty. For different gun laws you'll need to work on ratifying the 2nd Amendment and good luck with that. Better health care? Just because healthcare is available doesn't mean people will use it. Ask any librarian about the amount of crazy they deal with daily. And if you start arming teachers the amount of children being home-schooled will skyrocket. Name five teachers you had that you'd trust with a weapon in class. Exactly.

While watching the news one of the reporters said that they didn't want to focus on a church where one of the gunmen could've been hiding because they didn't want to give away the polices position in case the gunman had access to television. Then he gave the option to watch the news coverage online, follow them on Facebook, or Twitter for live updates and photos. Then they slowly zoomed in on the police at the church. I actually said out loud “That is some gross negligence for your ass.” Then I looked up that term because I'm a nerd.

“Gross negligence is a conscious and voluntary disregard of the need to use reasonable care, which is likely to cause foreseeable grave injury or harm to persons, property, or both. It is conduct that is extreme when compared with ordinary Negligence, which is a mere failure to exercise reasonable care.”

It sounds like what the news did was gross negligence to me. Maybe not. The news tends to have a strange line in the sand that they draw. They will show blood after a crime, the weapons, crying family members, but not show the perpetrators of the crime being shot by police. Unless its the Spanish news station. They don't give a fuck. All the news needed and should have done was say “There was a shooting at this location. Police are responding.” Then go back to Wendy Williams. Instead they babble for the next several hours pleading for some more violence so that they don't have to ask the helicopter pilot to repeat that he does not know what is happening at the moment.

The news sucks. Yes, even your left wing site. I'm not telling everyone to stop watching the news completely. I'm just saying maybe when something tragic happens you think for a little bit before jumping online and spouting the same bullshit you do whenever any tragedy happens. Or maybe treat each tragedy equally and not just because the victims are your skin color or speak the same language you do. I guarantee you wouldn't get shit done because there are tragedies every day.

I saw one dude on Twitter that is an actor talk shit about how we need to stop glorifying guns meanwhile he did a voice in a game that is all about shooting and killing and stars in violent movies. Everyone just shut up, try to like the people in your immediate vicinity, and start calling your friends out when they post bullshit.

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