I Don't Like Mondays

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This is gonna date me.
I don’t care.

Back in the day, 1979 actually, The Boomtown Rats had a #1 song in the UK that we played over and over on college radio—“I Don’t Like Mondays.” Even if you’re in the right generation, it wasn’t a hit in the US so if you didn’t have a cool radio station in your town, it probably wasn’t on your radar.

Though he became better known later for his work against world hunger (Live Aid, Band Aid) Bob Geldoff, the head Boomtown Rat, wrote the song about a school shooting in San Diego.

1979—Brenda Spencer, a frustrated 16-year-old, lived across the street from Cleveland Elementary School and one morning decided to start sniper-style shooting at the kids lining up waiting for the principal to open the gates. She fired 30 rounds into the crowd killing the principal and the custodian who was trying to save the kids. She shot 8 children and a police officer arriving on the scene.

It was shocking national news for days! The stories of the two men who died, the injured students and their families, the police officer, and Brenda Spencer. While she held the school under siege, she was interviewed on the phone by a news reporter in San Diego. When asked why she did it—Brenda said, “This livens up the day. I don’t like Mondays.”

Everyone was appalled.
Shocked.
Outraged.
Angry.

It reminded everybody of the shooting at the University of Texas in the late 60’s.

Yesterday in Benton, Kentucky a 15-year-old kid brought a gun to school, shot and killed two other 15-year-olds, and injured 18 more people.

This is the 11th school shooting in the US this year.
As of January 23rd.
Let that sink in.

Right now, (11:00am January 24), it’s the 6th headline down the page in the New York Times website. The Border Wall, DACA, Broken Senate, Russia Inquiry, and two Sexual Harassment stories including the US Olympic Gymnastics Team claim the real estate ahead of it. Those are all outrageous stories to be sure, but…

…are you kidding me?

This is the 11th school shooting in the US this year!
And it’s only January 24.

Here’s the lede from the NYT article:

“On Tuesday, it was a high school in small-town Kentucky. On Monday, a school cafeteria outside Dallas and a charter school parking lot in New Orleans. And before that, a school bus in Iowa, a college campus in Southern California, a high school in Seattle.

Gunfire ringing out in American schools used to be rare, and shocking. Now it seems to happen all the time.”

Now it seems to happen all the time?
Ain’t no “seems” about it!
It used to be rare, and shocking.
Now, it happens ALL. THE. TIME.

But for the grace of God, it could be Madison—or your town. Sandy Hook isn’t that far away from here and that was only five years ago. This could be us just as easily.

So, if it’s even on the radar anymore, you can expect (if you haven’t already seen a Twitter-storm) countless offerings of “thoughts and prayers” for Benton, Kentucky. Well, how nice! Thoughts and prayers. Nice.

But here I am, writing about it again—
And thoughts and prayers are nice.
But they’re not enough.

I’m sending this blog to Senators Booker and Menendez, and to Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen. The President is no help because MAGA clearly means the NRA still has the US on 2nd Amendment lock-down.

Relax sports hunters. Keep your guns. We don’t want your guns. We’re not coming after your guns, but our gun laws are outdated and broken. Our Congress is broken.

We’ve been thinking and praying for these victims and their families for decades.
Clearly.
Decades!

This is beyond ridiculous.

Times up.
Times up for thoughts and prayers.
Time for change now…

Now, because there’s no more time before the next kid with a gun wakes up tomorrow and walks into school shooting—
cuz they don’t like _________.

You know what to do.

Grace & Peace,
Scott

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