Another school, another massacre.
We thought, foolishly, that the school killings in Florida where a turning point — demonstrations across the country raged against mass murderers, the National Rifle Association, gun lobby and impotent politicians wanting to pray rather than pass laws to protect children — until now, until a teenager in Texas, spurned by a girl, explodes at a high school and sends 10 people to the next world.
Here we go again.
No national politician, from the president to local mayor, has a clue — not one. This is America at the first quarter of a new century. Nothing even comes close. We tire, for it’s all too familiar. Young men, lonely, alone and unloved, fueled by explosive testosterone, turn school grounds into the wild, wild west and teach lessons of death in classrooms; launching themselves, if they survive, into the modern day dungeons of prison and loss.
What can we do? Nothing. Nothing except wait, until the next time.
— From a prison nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.
Mumia’s commentaries appear in collaboration with Prison Radio.
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