Let’s Keep the Flags at Half-Mast

April 23, 2007 at 1:14 pm | Posted in Bush, Current Events, News, social comment, violence | 2 Comments

Yesterday my boyfriend and I drove past a building, and noticed the flag flying at half-mast.  It took me a moment to remember that all flags were flying at half-mast to observe a national day of mourning for those massacred at Virginia Tech.  I commented to my boyfriend that in the U.S. (not to mention the world) every single day more people, than the total killed at VT, meet with a violent death, and that perhaps our flags should always be at half-mast. 

Because their stories are not as sensational as a mass murder, are their deaths less tragic?  Will those left behind be less traumatized, than if their loved ones had been victims of a mass murder?  What about our troops that are killed everyday fighting Bush’s crazy war?  Do they not deserve the same honor as those killed so horribly at Virginia Tech?  Yes, I really think that until we bring our troops home, and at least make a sincere and intelligent attempt to solve the problem of violent crime our flags should remain at half-mast.

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  1. i agree, honjii.
    but a mass shooting at a college is just more sensational than all the people killed by drunk drivers, fast food, not locked away guns, suicide, and, and, and.
    and when you think about all the suffering the US brings to the world in general, maybe it’s time to not fly the flag at all anymore!!!

  2. I agree with you.
    Sometimes the things we do don’t make sense.

    Example:
    In four months, drunk drivers will kill more people (just in the US) than US Soldiers have died in the entire Second Gulf War.

    *shrugs*
    Sometimes the things we do and put emphasis on don’t make sense.


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