Call it apathy, and you would not be entirely correct. But call it frustrating, and you will have hit the nail on the head. It seems like every four months or so, America has to go through another mass murder, and this time it happened to be the Navy Yard outside Washington, D.C..
The man responsible for the killings, Aaron Alexis, will end up being nothing more than a footnote in soon to be written history books. And according to those who knew him best, Alexis seemed to feel like nothing more than a cipher, a blip on the radar and nothing more.
But the response to this mass shooting is not much different than it has been for others, and nothing is going to be accomplished this time, either. President Barack Obama has raised his voice again, telling the American public all the things he wants to do in the area of gun control.
Over the past two days, there has been heartfelt pleas from the Aurora theater shootings families, begging anyone who would listen, to take up the issue of gun control advocacy. Families from Newtown, Conn. have roamed the corridors of congress, all for the same purpose, and yet to no avail.
The naked truth is even harder to swallow than the frustrating lack of interest in better background checks or more thorough screening of applicants for mental illness. Again, blame has shifted around to the victim, or in this case, the facility.
According to FoxNews on Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he's ordered several department-wide reviews in response to the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, vowing to address the "gaps" and "failures "in the system that allowed such easy access to the facility.
It is a hard spoonful to swallow, but surely the United States has not become so lax in security procedures and the issues surrounding proper security protocols already in place, that it will require a review to the extent the DOD is demanding.
In the meantime, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., is also calling for a hearing on federal contractor hiring practices at military facilities. I'm sure that many people are wondering what our government has been doing since 9/11, especially in the realm of upgrades to our security.
It all comes down to the hard fact that nothing new is going to be done about background checks or better gun control laws. For a country that at first was so determined to make gun control advocacy something all of us could live with, we are now going back the opposite direction. Shame on us.