I’m tired, boss…mostly, I’m tired of people bein’ ugly to each other.
John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), “The Green Mile”, 1999
I’m tired, too, John.
By now, I’m flat wore out, as we say around here.
Lately, as you know, people are being ugly to each other in all kinds of ways, and I’m plenty tired of all of it, but especially…
I’m tired of people taking it upon themselves to go and shoot several other people, for any reason or for none at all.
You can’t go to church, you can’t go to the grocery store, you can’t go to a bar, you can’t go to school, you can’t f****ng go anywhere that there isn’t the possibility of getting shot to death.
The American flag may as well be flown at half mast from now on.
And the sadness of that is absolutely overwhelming.
This is how bad it’s gotten: One of the survivors from this week’s shooting in Thousand Oaks, California, was also in Las Vegas, Nevada a year ago, when that shooting occurred.
But another survivor of the Vegas shooting was killed this week in Thousand Oaks.
When people are present at more than one mass murder event…
The really cynical among us probably wonder what these gunmen have against country music, around which both these events centered.
The rest of us know it’s no laughing matter at all.
All these people. All these precious, beautiful, innocent people. Attending their classes. Worshipping their god. Enjoying a night out with friends.
Then, in the blink of an eye…
Utterly incomprehensible, unspeakable tragedy. My God, the tragedy.
I’m not gonna trot out all the gun violence statistics we probably could all recite by now. I’m not gonna bring up the gun owners and their Second Amendment rights. I’m not gonna rage against our government’s continued impotence over this crisis as the body count just keeps going up. I’m not gonna point out how the phrase “thoughts and prayers” is, by now, as empty and hollow as the barrel of a spent gun.
Because I’m tired.
I’m not numb to it, mind you. I haven’t quit caring about it; not at all.
I’m just…tired. Physically, mentally, emotionally tired.
First, the horror, then the sorrow, then the anger and frustration. Over and over and over. It wears you down, I tell you.
John Coffey, I’m right there with you, brother.