We know the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooter went after Jewish people specifically, but we can’t help but see him alongside all the other mass shooters, many radicalized online, given easy access to guns, and easily identifiable beforehand as someone likely to be dangerous to others.
It feels so hollow to us that justice means one person is convicted while the system/society/culture that created and enabled this person remains unchanged.
As a country, we have decided that we don’t ever want to do anything to address the causes of violence that we experience on a daily basis. Instead, we want to occasionally do a phenomenally wasteful and pointless spectacle of violence of our own that we feel highlights our displeasure with that one particular perpetrator of that violence.
More violence does not get us to peace.