Massacres happen; blog plans change.

Posted By Astrid on Jun 16, 2016 in Blog, Broodin' & Bloggin', Social Media | 0 comments

Scheduling your blog posts is a smart idea. I only discovered how to use this lovely WordPress feature recently and it has changed my life for the better. However, you might be about to post something that touches on tragic events. This is the first time I’ve encountered this problem.

My next post is cheekily titled “Out of the Closet (blah, blah, blah, a Hobbit recipe)” and was scheduled to post on this week. Then Orlando happened. I figured my closet metaphor, which is actually about my closet, needed to be postponed.

Now, I’m not one to write poetry like the oh-so-talented-and-delightful Lin-Manuel Miranda; I don’t have speechwriters helping me articulate my feelings like President Obama.

These mass shootings have just become so commonplace. I’m UNcomfortably numb about them. Here’s MSNBC with more serious music and graphics. Here’s my fringe-y Facebook friends talking about how guns don’t kill people. Here’s more useless thoughts and prayers. Here’s more anger. Here’s more questioning about whether you are safe anywhere.

Do I think the Second Amendment should be repealed? Even if I did, it will never happen, but it sure could use some severe editing.

Do I think the gunman was perhaps trying to get out of his own closet, but found himself rebuffed at all turns? Well, it doesn’t matter what issues he was facing; any angry American man can externalize his problems easily in this country. And now he can attribute it to ISIS, an organization which is proving to be quite adept at social media marketing.

Perhaps that was a rather sexist comment in the preceding paragraph, but I can’t think of any women at the moment who went on shooting rampages…

And so, we go on. Who will be targeted next week?


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