Mountains driving into Roseburg.
Driving around rural Roseburg
When are we going to stop our national insanity? These are some pictures from my recent trip to Roseburg, OR. Gorgeous small town. Lovely scenery. Now infamous for yet another mass murder site. I'm sick and tired of hearing this. I went to Roseburg for a girls' weekend (hence the winery picture). I visited my son's godparents (and their kid, my future daughter-in-law). First thing I do after seeing reports: text my friend to make sure she or her husband and daughter were no where near the college.
Why should this be a frequent occurrence? Why can't we have some reasonable conversation about guns? WHY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
And feel for those ED and surgery doctors there - this is a small town, 1 hospital. It would overwhelm everyone to have suddenly that many serious traumas brought in. They are going to be having nightmares.
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In my hood it is said "guns are not the problem, people are the problem". They are half right. People are the problem. Guns are very much the problem.
I wonder why we can't have discussions about adequate mental healthcare and destigmatizing mental illness. All of these murders have been perpetrated by individuals suffering with one form of mental illness or another and no-one talks about that.
Roseburg may be beautiful, but as my friend who lives there says, too many people with concealed carry permits, too many backwoods rednecks and other assorted mouth-breathers. It's NOT a place with an enlightened population. Which explains but does not justify what happened.
I have a tough time remembering what I had for lunch, but the details of GSW trauma surgeries I scrubbed on 40 years ago are burned into my consciousness. Every old scrub nurse has a graveyard of gun victims in the back of their head. I do not think most people recognize the trauma guns inflict because they do not have to clean up the mess.
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