Most people woke up on Monday to the news that a mass shooting had taken place in Las Vegas while they slept. Sadly, such early morning discoveries on the news and across social media have become a far too common occurrence.
And as it has many times before, the predictable dance took place as politicians tweeted out their "thoughts and prayers," while pundits sharpened their knives in anticipation of the next installment of debating when it will be the right time to have a gun legislation debate.
Lost amid the predictable repetition that happens for many of the wrong reasons, was a lone voice of sanity with a familiar message for all the right reasons.
Satirical publication "the Onion," reprinted “‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens” for the fifth time. Originally published in 2014, the Onion continues to republish the same article, changing only the photo, name of the city, and number of people killed.
Tens of thousands of people took notice, and shared the 199 word article:
However, only The Guardian bothered to report on what has become a poignant message of sorrow and futility amidst the heavily partisan debate:
"The dreadful killings in Las Vegas are part of a ghastly pattern whose lunacy has been dulled by endless repetition. Mass shootings are so common that the satirical paper the Onion has run the same headline four times in the last two years, each time prompted by a different mass murder: “‘No way to prevent this’ says the only nation where this regularly happens”. Yet the dramatic headline-catching slaughter is not the only dreadful aspect of the situation. Eighty or more people are killed by gunshots every day across the USA. So far this year, there have been 11,565 gun deaths in the US; 545 children under the age of 11 killed or injured, and 273 incidents classified as mass shootings."
Eventually, the debate is going to have to create meaningful legislation instead of more soundbites. But until then, we are left with the closing words from the Onion, which will sadly have more opportunities to be published again.
At press time, residents of the only economically advanced nation in the world where roughly two mass shootings have occurred every month for the past eight years were referring to themselves and their situation as “helpless.”