I live here. The Oak Creek divides my yard from the neighbors.
27th street divides Franklin from Oak Creek.
And in Oak Creek, Howell avenue (please note that this peace rally picture was taken on the same street only a few months prior) divides ordinary suburban life past with bleak future of fear.
Everyone else divides themselves on motives, rights of humans vs. guns and forgetting what happened far away or remembering what happened near by.
Sure, it is more real when a crazy hate man shoots six in your neighborhood.
But it has been more real for several months. This was coming! Yes, I say it was. Conceal carry just passed a few months ago in this state. You can't even go to the grocery store anymore without thinking about a shootout in the canned goods isle. There are stickers on the doors to most businesses "No guns on premises."
Animal nature is to eat the corn chip sitting in front of you. Even if it is stale. And the best way to think about green bears is to tell yourself they are not allowed in your head.
Sure, the killer could have used gasoline, knives or boiling oil if he didn't have a gun. But how about passing some laws to make it easier for someone to make up a most violent solution for their problem? Or the guns themselves? Hey America: What Would New Zealand Do?
Obviously this wasn't the first time something like this has happened in the world and it is far from the last. But why help it to happen?