Monday, August 17, 2015

In a Bubble that is the U.S.

I want to start off by saying I want to extend my condolences to those that were injured or killed as well as their loved ones that were affected by the bombing in Bangkok, Thailand yesterday evening, August 17, 2015 (they're a day ahead).

For more information, check out Bangkok Post or Reuters.

I also want to have a disclaimer that I don't want mean to offend anyone by what I am writing and if I have, I apologize in advance.

My husband and I are both in shock about what had happened at Erawan shrine as we were both chatting to catch up with each other's day and were about to watch Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog with my best friend because he's never seen it.

Both of them went to get snacks and drinks for it and I waited patiently for their return until I get a message from my husband saying that he'll be late because there was news of a bombing in Bangkok.

To say that I was worried was an understatement but at least I knew that he was safe.  But I also knew that I had friends that lived in Bangkok so I wanted to make sure everyone was safe.  I check on Facebook and already saw message from friends commenting that they were safe (thankfully!) and granted Bangkok covers a large area!

BKK, Thailand

Now, to give you some persective:

New York City Population = 8,363,710 
Bangkok Population = 8,160,522 

New York City Size = 468.9 sq mi 
Bangkok Size = 605.7 sq mi

It's a pretty big area when you think in those terms.

Well, I message some people to either let them know to find out if they are okay or to let them know that my husband is fine.

I am messaging some one back and they jokingly say, 'maybe next time you'll visit Iowa' probably lighten the mood and it starts me thinking...

Are we safer here in the U.S.

No, we're not.

....But we like to think we are!

Incidents of Shooting (incomplete) in the since 2005

March 2005 - a man opened fire at a church service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven people.
October 2006 - a truck driver killed five schoolgirls and seriously wounded six others in a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before taking his own life.
April 2007 - student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before shooting himself, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States after 2000.
August 2007 - Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed in “execution style” by a 28-year-old and two 15-year-old boys. A fourth student was shot and stabbed.
September 2007 - A freshman student at Delaware State University shot and wounded two other students at a campus dining hall.
December 2007 - a 20-year-old man killed nine people and injured five others in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska.
December 2007 - a woman and her boyfriend shot dead six members of her family on Christmas Eve in Carnation, Washington.
February 2008 - a shooter who is still at large tied up and shot six women at a suburban clothing store in Chicago, leaving five of them dead and the remaining one injured.
February 2008 - a man opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five students and wounding 16 others before laying down his weapon and surrendering.
July 2008 – A former student shot three people in a computer lab at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona.
September 2008 - a mentally ill man who was released from jail one month earlier shot eight people in Alger, Washington, leaving six of them dead and the rest two wounded.
October 2008 - Several men in a car drove up to a dormitory at the University of Central Arkansas and opened fire, killing two students and injuring a third person.
December 2008 - a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opened fire at a family Christmas party in Covina, California, then set fire on the house and killed himself. Police later found nine people dead in the debris of the house.
March 2009 - a 28-year-old laid-off worker opened fire while driving a car through several towns in Alabama, killing 10 people.
March 2009 - a heavily-armed gunman shot dead eight people, many of them elderly and sick people, in a private-owned nursing home in North Carolina.
March 2009 - six people were shot dead in a high-grade apartment building in Santa Clara, California.
April 2009 – An 18-year-old former student followed a pizza deliveryman into his old dormitory, and shot the deliveryman, a dorm monitor, and himself at Hampton University, Virginia.
April 2009 - a man shot dead 13 people at a civic center in Binghamton, New York.
July 2009 - Six people, including one student, were shot in a drive-by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University, Houston.
November 2009 - U.S. army psychologist Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas, leaving 13 dead and 42 others wounded.
February 2010  A professor opened fire 50 minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama, killing three colleagues and wounding three others
January 2011 - a gunman opened fire at a public gathering outside a grocery in Tuscon, Arizona, killing six people including a nine-year-old girl and wounding at least 12 others. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured with a gunshot to the head.
July 2012 - Masked gunman opens fire at midnight cinema screen of new Batman film The Dark Knight Rises, killing 12 and injuring 58. Suspect James Holmes is arrested by oplice and awaiting trial.
August 2012 - Gunman kills six people at SIkh temple in Wisconsin before being shot dead by police. Suspect is named as white supremacists Wade Michael Page.
There's more but I'm going to stop there.  Here's a database on mass killings in the U.S.

I don't see how we're any safer over here than say Colombia according to this map.

Now I know that my information is incomplete but my point is, we like to think we live in a safe no danger zone when really, shit can go down anywhere at anytime.

There's nothing we can do but mourn those that are lost, rebuild and live the rest of our lives the best that we can.

Or we can live in fear.

I choose the former and would rather try and live the rest of our lives knowing that there is danger out there, but I'm not going to hind under a rock and hope that the ugliness in the world will go away.