Sunday, February 21, 2016

Another Day, Another Mass Shooting in America: A White Man Named Jason Brian Dalton has Run Amok in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Another day. Another mass shooting. More denial.

According to police, the first shooting took place around 6 p.m., when a woman was shot four times in an apartment complex parking lot. Getting said the woman -- who was with her three children -- is in serious condition, but expected to survive. 
Then, four hours later, two men -- an 18-year-old and an older male -- were shot and killed at a Kia dealership. Kalamazoo Public Safety Chief Jeff Hadley said the pair were there looking at a vehicle. Getting, who would not identify any of the victims, would not confirm reports that it was a father and son. 
Ten minutes after that, at around 10:10, police say Dalton fired on two vehicles in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant, killing four adult women and "gravely" injuring a 14-year-old girl. Getting said authorities initially thought the teen was dead. "Call it a miracle," he said. "But she's alive now." 
The prosecutor said the Cracker Barrel victims were together in a single group. 
After another two hours or so, at approximately 12:30 a.m., police took Dalton into custody, ending a six-hour nightmare that brought Kalamazoo to its knees. 
Police seized a semiautomatic handgun from Dalton, whom Getting described as "even-tempered" at the time of his arrest. 
"There is just no question more people would have died if (police) didn't find him when they did," Getting said.
Of course, Jason Brian Dalton is described by neighbors as a typical family man. The event is "random". By implication, gun violence is like the weather as opposed to the result of public policy and a gun lobby that has stopped any reasonable efforts to treat gun violence as a type of health disaster in the United States.

A white man drove around and "randomly" killed at least 6 people in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Imagine if the shooter was "Muslim", "Arab", black, or brown.

The narrative then changes immediately.

Explaining the obvious can become tedious; it remains, nonetheless necessary.

As I too often have had to say in these moments during the recent past, why is the mainstream media afraid to talk about the connections between white men, guns, and mass shootings?

White masculinity is the complexion and gender for the protection. This is part of the American creed. It remains no less unjust and dangerous to the Common Good.

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