I don’t have much to say about the shootings in Virginia because, frankly, I wasn’t shocked. If a country as gun-happy as America claims surprise about a deranged kid killing 31 of his peers with one, then more fool it. It was a tragedy, no doubt, but a predictable one nonetheless. A similar thing will happen again at some point in the future. This is a certainty. With any luck, the body Americans trust with their law enforcement will be more dependable next time.
And I won’t be the first to mention the irony of George Bush condemning the killing of 31 innocent people in his country on a day when 180 innocent people were killed in the country that he insisted on attacking. But we’ve all forgotten about Iraq now so that’s OK; it’s all yesterday’s news, and that’s just how Georgie likes it.
The UK is not immune, of course, and I would advise the folk in Downing Street to start paying more attention to the increase in gun crime here. Of course, the victims so far have only really been young black men who were probably involved in gang violence, so the issue is not pressing yet. Or at least I think that’s how it works…
I’m feeling angry about the state of the world tonight, and the people we elect to make it better. I’ve also found a new level of cynicism, it seems.