Mass Shootings in US

June 13, 2016 0 Comments

How to forget that breakfast? The newspapers had reported that a child went treat-or-tricking on Halloween, dressed as a skunk. His uncle saw an animal scrambling on the lawn and gunned the child.

'Why?' I asked my American professor.

'America is a big place. There are many events happening, many people to report on. It is actually quite safe. Most cities are safe.'

A year later, a mass shooting occurred on her university's campus. Some of her students passed away.

Today, I read a report on mass shootings, prompted by the recent massacre in Florida. Behind this statistics, there are lives and families.

The above chart suggests this: even though there are many mass shootings in America, most victims are not killed.

But what if we were to compare the absolute number of mass shootings, the picture becomes less comfortable.
Number of Mass Shootings In US (2010 - 2014)
Data from the Wall Street Journal, which cited researchers from
State University of New York and Texas State University
The absolute numbers of victims, including those who are injured, are not captured in both graphs. The emotional toil, the wounds to local communities.

It takes about two months for America to forget a mass shooting. How easily memories fade, how easily bruises re-appear.



June 03, 2016 0 Comments

I am exhausted.

I wonder how to care for youngsters who don't care for themselves.

I wonder how to make them care.

I wonder how much more I can wonder. I wonder how much more I can care.

There are lotus buds, green tightness laced with pink. There is a wound in the clouds, light tearing through an opening.

There are books, Babel via Negativa, An American Lyric. There is a Kindle which isn't charged.

Items on the table, red pens, mobile adaptor, umbrella. Objects, many of them. 

My mind is about to shut down. My eyes refuses to stay open. It is 4.53 am.

So much happened. Too much. 

I should sleep but I am exhausted.