You simply hope that it will never happen where you work, because any attempt at controlling the flood of guns in this country is lost.
It happened where I work yesterday. Not a "mass shooting"—how awful that we all are so accustomed to this phrase—but an altercation on campus, leaving one dead and one in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds.
I found out about 10 minutes after it happened that the campus was on lockdown. So I kept our students in the lab, locked all the exterior doors, and waited. Only an hour later did we find out that one of our students had died. I stood in front of the lab in tears, and told my students that a young man had been killed on campus.
I knew at that point that his family didn't know yet, having experienced the Sac PD's pathetic excuse for "notifying the family" firsthand last year. All I could think of what what I knew they were about to experience. And in public, no less. Please send them your love and prayers, whatever rituals you might have. They will need it.
Why do I live in a world where I have to say this to young people? How the hell are they supposed to learn in this environment? How are they supposed to feel safe? And worse, it seems like they aren't all that affected, in some cases. How have we gotten used to this atrocious way of being?
Why do we allow this to happen? Not just here, but all over the world, we spend billions on weapons, publicly and privately. What problem has this ever solved that wasn't created by the goddamned guns in the first place?
This guy had a semi-automatic gun. There's nothing "semi" about it. They can pump bullets fast. There is NO REASON this sort of gun should be available to the public. It's made for killing people. This bullshit about the Second Amendment has got to stop. (Anyone who wants to argue the point: go elsewhere. I will flag your comments and block you immediately. Now is not the time or place.)
As for the Mayor urging us to pray for the victims, he should be praying he doesn't go to jail—criminal scum that he is—but that is another post.
Campus is open today, so I will be going back to work. I wish they had shut it down for the weekend. It feels wrong and disrespectful to go back to "normal" so soon.