Katie Mack @AstroKatie (a.k.a. Dr Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist/cosmologist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of cosmic catastrophes Aug. 04, 2019 1 min read

There are a lot of things that are great about living in the US and I am very fortunate in many ways. But the endlessly repeating cycle of mass shootings is enraging and depressing and exhausting, as every terror campaign is designed to be.

In principle, we could stop it. But it would require government authorities to stand up to the gun lobby and to take white-supremacist violence and domestic terrorism seriously, and I don’t know how to make that happen

There are always calls to stay resilient, to keep calm and carry on, to not let this break us. Which would make sense if we were doing anything to stop it. But we’re not. We’re becoming cowed and numb. We’re accepting that this is part of American life.

We should never accept it

We should be loudly, constantly, disruptively holding accountable those who tell us we have to live like this, who give us only thoughts & prayers & subservience to the NRA. We should never let them shrug it off as a “tragedy” as though bullets just rain down from the heavens.

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