September 22, 2023


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The Onion covered its homepage with ‘No way to prevent this’ articles in response to mass shootings


By Leah Asmelash, CNN

The Onion is infamous for this headline, posted just after practically every mass capturing: “‘No Way To Protect against This,’ Says the Only Nation Wherever This Often Transpires.” Following the college shooting in Texas, it covered its homepage.

On Wednesday, the satirical information web page posted that story 21 occasions, filling most of its homepage. Each individual posting referenced a different taking pictures, with the most modern incident at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas — wherever 19 young children and two lecturers were killed — at the major. Other article content experienced datelines for Atlanta, Indianapolis, Boulder, and some others.

“UVALDE, TX—In the several hours next a violent rampage in Texas in which a lone attacker killed at minimum 21 people today and wounded various many others, citizens residing in the only nation where this variety of mass killing routinely happens reportedly concluded Tuesday that there was no way to protect against the massacre from having place,” the most latest posting reads.

In just about every story, a various resident says the exact estimate: “This was a horrible tragedy, but at times these issues just materialize and there is almost nothing anybody can do to halt them.”

Jason Roeder, previously a senior editor at The Onion, initially wrote the headline again in 2014, but it has been shared commonly throughout social media subsequent mass shootings in the decades given that.

In 2018, pursuing the taking pictures at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Substantial School in Parkland, Florida, he wrote: “When I wrote this headline, I had no notion it would be utilized to the significant school a mile from my household.”

Texas has loosened gun legal guidelines in latest many years, making it possible for point out residents to overtly carry guns in general public without a permit or training.

Beto O’Rourke, Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee, confronted Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and other officers on Wednesday throughout a press conference in Uvalde, accusing the governor of inaction.

“The time to prevent the following capturing is right now and you are undertaking practically nothing,” he stated. “You said this is not predictable. This is completely predictable.”

The Onion’s story about the Uvalde capturing finished with the same closing sentence as the other 21 stories about mass shootings: “At press time, residents of the only economically superior nation in the entire world exactly where around two mass shootings have occurred every month for the previous 8 many years were referring to on their own and their circumstance as ‘helpless.’”

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