All the Rage

What of this emotion, born unto its own?

Its implement being physical…tangible.

Yet, the fingers of rage only asks to be believed.

While, rage, in and of itself,  believes in nothing.

Living only to be heavy, wet and cold.

It is the salt of a tear, as it stings a mother’s eye.

Many have stood in the kitchen of hate.

It always has the same taste.

Yet, hate is only the knife.

It is rage that procreates.

Manifesting from anger, to action, to vile overnight sensation.

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At least 17 people were killed Wednesday afternoon in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The gunman, a former student at the school, was armed with a rifle and multiple magazines, officials said.

The shooting came 23 days after a 15-year-old student shot 16 of his classmates, two of them fatally, at Marshall County High School, in Benton, Kentucky.

For more about mass shootings in the U.S., please keep reading.

Tragedy and spectacle

There is no official definition of “mass shooting,” though it is often understood as an incident in a public place that claims four or more lives, and attracts widespread media coverage. In the last five decades, these events have become far more common.

Other groups use a much broader definition for what counts as a mass shooting, sweeping in incidents that happen in homes, and where there are four or more casualties — not just deaths. Gun Violence Archive tallied 385 mass shootings using this broader definition in 2016, resulting in at least 457 deaths and 1,546 injuries.

The random nature of indiscriminate gunfire unleashed without warning is all the more frightening because it can happen anywhere. Just in the past four years, gunmen have massacred worshipers at a church, moviegoers at a theater, people at a gay nightclub, and young children at an elementary school. In July 2016, a 25-year-old Army reservist who was reportedly angry over police shootings of unarmed black men killed five police officers and wounded 11 others during a rampage in Dallas.

Mass shootings are both tragedy and spectacle. As a result, they attract a huge amount of attention, which tends to distort views about the prevalence of incidents, the most common victims, and how the weapons that are used are obtained.

By one definition, mass shootings are a daily occurrence in the United States.

The FBI does not count “mass shootings,” but defines “mass murder” as an event in which four or more people are killed — excluding the perpetrator, and not including domestic violence incidents — at one time.

Three of the deadliest mass shootings in modern American history have occurred within the past five months. 

Despite the attention they garner, mass shootings account for just 2 percent of gun deaths.

Roughly two out of three Americans who die from a gunshot wound commit suicide, according to the latest federal data.

The majority of mass shooters obtained their weapons legally.

Omar Mateen, the gunman who killed 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, purchased the rifle and handgun he used in the assault from a federally licensed firearms dealer. Syed Farook purchased two of the handguns used in the San Bernardino massacre from a California gun shop.

An analysis of recent large-scale mass shootings by the New York Times found that 13 of 16 purchased their guns in a similar fashion — legally, after undergoing a background check administered by a federally licensed dealer.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to what that entails.

Would a ban on assault weapons curb mass shootings?

Probably not. Many experts believe it is not what the gun looks like that matters most — it’s how many rounds it can fire without reloading.

An examination by the New York Times found that gunmen who perpetrated 16 recent mass shootings used a variety of firearms in their attacks, including handguns and assault-style weapons. While rifles like the AR-15 could increase the lethality of an attack in some situations, experts say that the use of high capacity magazines that can hold dozens of rounds of ammunition may give shooters an even greater advantage, allowing for more bullets to be fired without reloading without pause — breaks that can provide an opportunity for an officer or civilian to interrupt an attack.

Mass shooters often fit a psychological and behavioral profile.

America’s most notorious mass shooters have been young, angry men who displayed antisocial behavior before they carried out attacks. Many perpetrators of mass killing also have a history of domestic violence; social scientists have found that the same factors drive the two phenomena.

2015 Huffington Post analysis looked at incidents over a five year period in which at least four people were killed with a gun, including shootings in domestic settings (a criteria which the FBI’s definition excludes). A majority of the shootings involved a family member or intimate partner — women and children comprised 64 percent of victims.

Media coverage of the mentally ill exaggerates their role in gun violence.

While mental illness may drive some mass shooters to kill, media coverage of the mentally ill exaggerates their role in gun violence. Less than 4 percent of violent acts are carried out by someone who is mentally ill — and research shows that individuals with mental illness are a greater risk to themselves.

Violent behavior and substance is a better predictor of future violence than a mental health diagnosis. The substance most often associated with violent crimes is alcohol.

Mass shooters in America often target workplaces and schools.

A University of Alabama researcher found that a uniquely American cultural and mental strain leads mass shooters to target workplaces and schools — as opposed to the military installations often targeted by international mass shooters — because these institutions represent the social systems that the gunmen believe mistreated them.

Most mass shooting victims are black.

The gun violence burden is disproportionately carried by men of color, who comprise half of American gun death victims — despite making up just 6 percent of the population. New York Times analysis of shootings that killed or wounded four or more people in 2015 found that two-thirds of the victims were black. Seventy-two percent of the victims were men.

Some urban neighborhoods are plagued by persistent, truly epidemic shooting rates. Violent gun crime varies even more within American citiesthan between them. A glance at murder rates by neighborhood — not just by city — reveals a terrible murder inequality that ensnaring men of color in a cycle of killing.

It’s rare for a “good guy with a gun” to intervene during an active shooting.

Gun rights activists say they want to abolish so-called gun-free zones — areas where guns are not permitted, including schools and many private businesses — because they deny civilians carrying concealed handguns the opportunity to stop a massacre, while providing an unprotected target for mass shooters looking to perpetrate large-scale carnage.

Indeed, the foundational tenet of the National Rifle Association’s agenda is that more “good guys” carrying guns in public will reduce crime and make society safer. There is no evidence to support this claim. Of the 160 active-shooting incidents from 2000 to 2013 that were analyzed by the FBI in 2014, only one active shooting was stopped by a concealed-carry license holder. Twenty-one were stopped by unarmed civilians.

See if a mass shooting has happened near your home.

To find out how many mass shootings have happened near you, type an address here to see how much gun violence has touched your neighborhood between June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2016. If you spot a cluster of four or more fatalities, that counts as a mass shooting, according the FBI.

Vertigo Virgin…Not!

Look out kid It's somethin' you did God knows when But you're doin' it again
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again

As I do with many of my character defects, I like to blame my upbringing.
I’m a recovering alcoholic because I am native American and Irish and ex-catholic girl.
I am a lesbian because I had not been breast fed at birth. Therefore, I have always been looking for the right nipple.
On occasion I have been known to speak my mind too clearly in the wrong place…too much TV as a child….
You get the picture?

Don't follow leaders Watch the parkin' meters.
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters.

As a youngster my father would export me across the Canadian border to disguise his true intentions. Buying Moosehead beer at rock bottom prices.  It had been a pretty clear and thought out plan: putting the larger in a cooler and placing a child, me, on the padded iced down seat as we crossed in enemy territory, U.S. border patrol.

Canada had been where I lost my virginity to vertigo. Mount Royale to be exact. That thunderous city mountain sat beautifully above Montreal. Poetic really. All my cherry needed for popping had been a lose black Labrador retriever and a cliff.
I went back to Canada with my X many years ago. It had been her dying for co-dependency last wish. Vacationing together in separate rooms up in Moose Alley New Hampshire. Secretly, I now realize it was a blond set up in the making. A dare, me, my X and one of the longest free standing suspension bridges in the world.
I am shaking as I write but I did it. Tears pouring down my face, snot plastered to the rope the held the in wooden slats… me on a balancing act high above a gorge. I sucked it up, put my big girl panties on, looked up at my X who had been waiting ever so patiently football fields away, half crawled, half walked but managed one thing with dignity…the giving way of the American Bird. Fuck you, Linda and the fearless clueless bad dream you rode in on.
I learned from that day forward that fear is only an instant away from bravery, stupidity and courage.
Not paying heed to the voices in my head, however, I foolishly practice the art of anxiety attacks, daily.
Today I tittered on another bridge to get just the right picture. Wood fell beneath me as my heart collapsed to my left foot and my stomach became one with my pulse.
I got the picture. It is downloaded next to the last picture I took. The picture of an old car in a field of poison ivy.

Twenty years of schoolin' And they put you on the day shift
Twenty years of schoolin’
And they put you on the day shift

Slowly, I recover from my addiction to self, day by day by day. Slowly, the anxiety leaves and refreshes me with a fears tackled. Ever so placidly, the panic is covered in hives and itchy little bumps for I am allergic to poison ivy.

 

Johny’s in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I’m on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he’s got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It’s somethin’ you did
God knows when
But you’re doin’ it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin’ for a new friend
The man in the coon-skip cap
In the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten.

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin’ that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone’s tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the DA
Look out kid
Don’t matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don’t try, ‘No Doz
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don’t need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows.

Get sick, get well
Hang around an ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin’ to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write Braille
Get jailed, jump bail Join the army, if you failed
Look out kid
You’re gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time losers
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin’ for a new fool
Don’t follow leaders
Watch the parkin’ meters.

Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success

A&BC Picture card album. Bazooka Joe logo. c 1964
A&BC Picture card album. Bazooka Joe logo. c 1964 (Photo credit: sludgegulper)

Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don’t steal, don’t lift
Twenty years of schoolin’
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don’t wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don’t wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don’t work
‘Cause the vandals took the handles.

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