We all went to bed last night not knowing when this would happen again. But we all did so knowing that it would, in fact, happen again.

This morning, I asked myself the same question I’ve been asking myself for most of my adult life: When will enough really be enough? Why? Because once again, this morning I awakened to the same gut wrenching news that we all did, once more. A narrative that, unfortunately has become all too familiar in the home of the brave and the land of the free:

There has been yet another mass shooting in America.

This time it was in Las Vegas where a crowd of 20,000 plus innocent souls were doing nothing more than minding their own business. Doing what all of us, as peaceful, freedom loving Americans prize perhaps more than anything else – enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Then deliberate, chaos, evil and hatred rained down with intent and contempt on each and every one of them from above. Clip after clip, after clip, after clip, after clip, after clip, after clip, after clip, after clip, of hellfire came fast and furious, ripping through flesh and bone, taking 59 lives away from here and forever irreparably altering the lives of more than 500 injured and 20,000 plus witnesses.

Sadly, the only thing we can think of, because we’ve all been numbed by the recurring, nonstop endless cycle of violence, that by now seems to come and go with the passing of the seasons is, where will it be next time?

How many will die next time? When will the next time be the last time? What exactly is it going to take for us to realize that if the only answer we can come up with is to continue to respond to this never ending violence with “our thoughts and prayers” that this violence will be never ending? What is it going to take to stop this madness once and for all? When will enough really and truly be enough?

Kent State was not enough. Columbine was not enough. Virginia Tech was not enough. Fort Hood was not enough. San Bernardino was not enough. Orlando was not enough.

Sandy Hook, where 20 little children, ages 6 and 7, who were murdered by a lone gunman in 2012 at a school shooting that had between three and eleven bullets rip through their tiny lifeless bodies, was not enough.

So, exactly where does that leave us?

When pain is not enough. When suffering is not enough. When outrage is not enough. When disgust is not enough. When empathy is not enough. When sadness is not enough. When despair is not enough. When the loss of the very heart and soul of the nation we all hold up to the rest of the world to be the best nation on earth is not enough.

When will we ever be able to be secure enough in our thoughts that we can put our heads down at night and close our eyes without the ever present foreboding sinking inevitable feeling in the back of our collective consciousness that when we awaken that there will NOT be yet another mourning morning in America like the one we awakened to this morning.

Over. And over. And over. And over again.

When will enough, ever really and truly be enough?

 

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