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Scott Loftis

From the Editor

Scott Loftis is managing editor for Carroll County Newspapers. His email address is CarrollCountyNews@cox-internet.com

We all know why

Friday, August 9, 2019

A co-worker told me earlier today that I should write about the mass shootings that occurred over the weekend in Texas and Ohio.

I agree. I should.

The problem with that is, I donít know what I can say that I havenít already said. I donít know what I can say that will be productive. I donít know what I can say that will change one mind. I donít know what I can say that will change a single thing. I donít know what I can say that will make any difference.

All of us, whether we choose to admit it or not, know why these mass killings continue to happen in America. All of us know that almost anyone who wants to commit this sort of crime in America will find very few obstacles in their way.

All of us know that we have created a culture that glorifies a certain kind of violence. All of us know that itís not difficult in America to lay hands on a device that gives us the power to kill more easily and efficiently than we otherwise might.

We all know, whether we choose to admit it or not.

In one sense, itís a very complicated issue. In another sense, itís quite simple. We can either admit it, or continue to live (and die) with it. We must either change something, or accept that this is just the way things are.

Deep down, we all know that.

I wish I could offer some cause for optimism, but I canít. This is going to continue, because we have chosen to accept it. We have chosen to ignore what we all know. We have chosen to do nothing.

We shouldnít be shocked anymore. We shouldnít even be surprised. These are the choices weíve made.