3 Nearly Identical Facebook Posts

Below you will find three, nearly identical Facebook statuses written by Progress and Tea co-founder Samantha Traci. All three posts were shared after yet another mass shooting, so pay attention to the subtle difference. What’s even sadder is that Samantha Traci could have shared this status every day because every day gun violence is used to terrorize, attack, and kill, especially if we consider the role that guns play in domestic abuse in addition to mass shootings. Three is a very small number compared to the reality. Since the beginning of 2013, there have been 290 school shootings in the United States.

290 in 5 years, 1 month, 17 days!  

That’s only in schools and does not include events like the Pulse Massacre or the Las Vegas Shooting. Nor does it address murders in schools prior to 2013.

These types of events have become so commonplace that we track and cover “the deadliest shootings,” while only giving “lesser” attacks a brief mention on the news. Samantha Traci, like all of us, have been forced to pick and choose which corpses shattered by bullet holes to mourn because so many have found their ways to the mortuary.

Our country is becoming so desensitized to shootings that it seems like there is a hierarchy of when we should care. Moments of silence are only for a high number of dead, not for a few. A few can be ignored; we only pay attention to the unignorable in this country.

What remains constant is that no matter how many children, teenagers, or adults are killed, this country will do nothing, hugging assault rifles tighter than their families. Every time a mass shooting, pro-gun control advocates are told by the pro-assault rifle party that now is not the time to discuss gun control because we should be mourning. If that’s the case, there will never be a time to have this discussion. We should always be in mourning because every day guns unsuitable for hunting are being used as a tool to end human lives.

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3. Florida school shooting –  February 14, 2018

My heart hurts.

At least 17 students are dead, countless more are injured and the response is always "we shouldn't talk about guns now."

Why not? There are 17 more people - kids - who will never talk again.

Gun enthusiasts promised me that if we made guns easily available mass shootings wouldn't happen.

They promised me that people would be too afraid to pull a gun because they wouldn't know who else did or didn't have a gun.

I was told by the NRA that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.

But you know what? We shouldn't even have to mention guns in the context of school. Kids shouldn't have to worry about getting shot while AT SCHOOL, or anywhere else for that matter. Tragedies happen but they shouldn't with this kind of frightening regularity.

17 people are now dead, who shouldn't be dead. Countless more are injured. It wasn't some far off terrorist group who did it. It was a white American man.

That is a problem. That's been the problem for a very long time.

The NRA has once again been proven wrong. The gun lobby is wrong. Dead wrong. And it's high time they are stopped from controlling the conversation.

NOW is the time to discuss this issue. So is tomorrow, next month and next year. Until we get some common-sense reforms to help slow this insanity.

ACT. Call your legislators. Write an email. VOTE. Don't expect immediate action and say "Well this or that won't solve the problem, so it's no use." Any action is better than nothing. We need to start somewhere.

I'm seriously at the point where if you tell me that such and such gun control measure "won't" work, I'm just going to call you out for being the asshole you are. Because what we're doing now isn't "working". 17 kids are dead. We need to try things and if they don't work, we try something else. And we fucking keep trying.

Perhaps the thing that makes me angriest about this is I have posted this status numerous times, and can likely keep posting it with goddamn regularity and only minor changes to the names and numbers involved.

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2. Las Vegas shooting – Oct 1, 2017

My heart hurts. 

Fifty eight people are dead, hundreds of more people are injured and the response is always "we shouldn't talk about guns now." 

Why not? There are 58 people who will never talk again. 

Gun enthusiasts promised me that if we made guns easily available mass shootings wouldn't happen. 

They promised me that people would be too afraid to pull a gun because they wouldn't know who else did or didn't have a gun. 

I was told by the NRA and that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. 

Nevada has some of the fewest restrictions on gun ownership in America. 

The NRA and gun enthusiasts have, once again, been proven wrong. 

58 people are now dead, who shouldn't be dead. Hundreds more are injured. It wasn't some far off terrorist group who did it. It was a white American man. 

That is a problem. That's been the problem for a very long time. 

NOW is the time to discuss this issue. So is tomorrow, next month and next year. Until we get some common-sense reforms to help slow this insanity.

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  1. Pulse Nightclub shooting – June 12, 2016

My heart hurts. 

Forty nine people are dead, hundreds of more people are injured and the response is always "we shouldn't talk about guns now." 

Why not? There are 49 people who will never talk again. 

Gun enthusiasts promised me that if we made guns easily available mass shootings wouldn't happen. 

They promised me that people would be too afraid to pull a gun because they wouldn't know who else did or didn't have a gun. 

I was told by the NRA and that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. 

The NRA and gun enthusiasts have, once again, been proven wrong. 

49 people are now dead, who shouldn't be dead. Countless more are injured. It wasn't some far off terrorist group who did it. It was an American man. 

That is a problem. That's been the problem for a very long time. 

NOW is the time to discuss this issue. So is tomorrow, next month and next year. Until we get some common-sense reforms to help slow this insanity.