I tend to not comment on the news on social media. It always seems like I don’t have much to add that hasn’t already been said. I’ll talk about science news because I get excited about it, I want to share it and I can usually help to explain it (at least within some fields). General news, especially the more depressing variety we seem to be getting a lot of lately, isn’t usually something I get excited about, I don’t want to share it and more often than not, I can’t help to explain it.
I can’t explain the shooting in Pulse. I can tell you what happened. I can talk about homophobia and a lack of gun control and the horrible acts committed by a horrible person. I can’t tell you how that person got that way. I can’t tell you why, with so many mass shootings in the US that they often don’t even make headline news anymore, the country still seems to unwilling to bring in tighter gun control legislation. I can’t tell you why anyone would hate consenting adults because of the person they love.
I’m not even close to being over Pulse. However, yesterday in the UK we heard that Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire (close to my hometown of Leeds) was stabbed and shot. She died of her injuries that same afternoon. She was 41, married with two children and when she was killed she was busy doing her job.
I wasn’t ready for another tragedy so soon. Certainly not so close to home.
So I’m feeling sad at the moment. I still can’t explain how someone could ever hate another person enough to harm them. I’m trying to feel hopeful because of all the wonderful people who always rally to help in these situations, those people give me a little more faith in humanity.
For the rest of the day, and for the weekend I’m avoiding reading the news. I’ll be using the internet to work on my thesis and watch cat videos.