Maybe the Mayans were right after all (Mama, we’re all crazy now)

Maybe it is the end; it’s just gonna take a little longer than we all thought. This song, from Quiet Riot, has been circulating in my head, so I shall put it in yours.

Seattle Washington, Seal Beach California, Aurora Colorado, Oakland California, Clackamass, Sandy Hook.

Here’s a list of mass shootings for the last 50 years.

I don’t know the answer, but I know what I read. And mostly, it’s political extremity from both sides. It doesn’t often seem anyone’s practically seeking any common sense solutions. I’ve read everything from banning guns to arming teachers. A total ban on guns is as ridiculous as putting armed guards in all the schools. One post I read on Facebook, not one of my friends but someone who posts on another friend, blamed “Republicans, gun nuts, and religious zealots” for the Sandy Hook tragedy.

I’m reminded of what Tommy Lee Jones tells Will Smith in the original “Men in Black” when he’s trying to recruit him. Will’s character tells Jones, “What’s the big deal, why don’t you just tell people? People are smart, they can handle it” to which Jones character responds “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.”

President Obama is supposed to address the issue in his January 21st, inauguration. I’m sure we’ll talk more about it here. He formed an interagency effort to develop what the White House said would be a multifaceted approach to preventing mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Conn., and the many other gun deaths that occur each year. Then he put Joe Biden in charge of it. We’ll see.

I hope that we can find some reasonable approaches to preventing these mass shootings. I don’t believe there’s any “one” answer. In a college class I had once, a professor divided us into groups to discuss a question and then report it back to the group. The question was “If Old Testament biblical prophets were alive today, what would they tell us, what would they say about our society?” I don’t know, but I just don’t think they would say “get rid of all the guns” or “arm your schools” (Of course, prophets certainly wouldn’t be allowed in our schools, but that’s a different post). Seems like they would offer some bigger mirror of our society. Whatever, it’s a good question for us all to ask ourselves.

Maybe they’d just say “Mama, we’re all crazy now.”