Well, it’s been four days since the Valentine’s Day shooting during the Super Bowl victory celebration in Kansas City. We still don’t know who the shooters were or why they fired on 22 people, killing one. Half of the victims were under the age of 16…school kids. We know only that two juveniles have been detained. We also know that Kanas City area schools were closed that day to allow residents to join in on the celebration for their champions. This was not unexpected.

Almost immediately, this whole deadly matter reminded me of a Boomtown Rats song from 1979.  Bear with me. The tune was called “I Don’t Like Mondays,” and it was about the 1979 playground shooting at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. That day, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer fired on children playing outside, killing two adults and wounding eight kids.  That was well over 40 years ago; little progress has been made since then regarding the shooting of children in public places.

History Repeating Itself Over and Over

From the song:

And school’s out early and soon we’ll be learningAnd the lesson today is how to dieAnd then the bullhorn cracklesAnd the captain tacklesWith the problems and the how’s and why’sAnd he can see no reasons‘Cause there are no reasonsWhat reason do you need to die, die?