Twelve individuals were murdered in a bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., and many others were injured, and within a few hours – or was it even less than that? – we were over it.
Or at least past it. Or – at worst – accustomed to it.
We no longer require time to process, absorb and mentally and emotionally deal with a gunman walking into a room filled with innocent people and opening fire.
We take it in stride. We don’t miss a step.
A shooting? How about that election?
Within minutes it seemed as if we were back to obsessing over midterm election returns and President Donald Trump’s war with the media and the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and what that will mean for the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller and …
… in Thousand Oaks, California, a dozen people were killed, including a law enforcement officer. And many others were wounded.
So … I’d like to pause in our ongoing exercise of self-obsession and thank Gov. Doug Ducey, genuinely and wholeheartedly, for reminding us of what is important.
Taking stock of what matters
The governor ordered flags at Arizona’s state buildings to be lowered to half-staff, and to remain that way until Nov. 10, in honor of the victims of the mass shooting in California.
Good for him.
It is important for a politician now and then to help his constituents to reset their moral compasses.
I have criticized the governor and the Legislature for not acting on common sense firearms regulations that might help to curb gun violence. I will continue to do so.
But not this instant.
Thanks now, criticism later
According to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks shootings nationwide, there have been 307 mass shootings in the U.S. this year.
Nearly one per day.
Such a thing used to horrify us.
Now, they don’t even much interest us, which is even more horrifying.
Having the compass reset
My guess is that over the next couple of days, many, many Arizonans who are heading to work or to the gym or to the movies or to school will pass a government building and wonder why the flags are at half-staff.
Maybe they’ll ask a friend. Maybe they’ll Google it.
But they’ll find out the reason. Which means they will, at the very least, be reminded of what is really important.
And for that we should thank Gov. Ducey.
Reach Montini at email@example.com.