A Handy G.O.P. Guide to “Getting Over” Your Mass Shooting

Wes X
4 min readFeb 16, 2024
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Before the ink dried on the Des Moines, Iowa school shooting at Perry High, Donald Trump famously belched to a crowd of Iowans that they must “get over it”. He told the crowd that a shooting involving a gun “wasn’t a gun problem”. Then he went into dog-whistle mode, blaming the shooting on transgender people, marijuana and mental health. But he did not explain how one should get over it.

I’ve taken the liberty of mapping it out for him and people who don’t know. My family weathered the shooting in Highland Park, IL. I’ve learned some shortcuts to share with you.

Denial

First and foremost, you’ll need to snap out the shock of this happening to you. This is America and America is a gun, and it was only a matter of time before the statistics came crawling for you like drooling zombies. Depressing, I know, but true. It’s best to go with a technique like denial. You could tell yourself the shooting was “just a loud noise” and nothing else. Ignore the white tents that national news crews propped up around your town. Ignore the visit from Vice President Harris. It’s time to convince yourself that you’re in a video game, or ask yourself “what’s reality, anyway?”

It was only a matter of time before the statistics came crawling for you like drooling zombies.

If you don’t, you’ll have to do what my family did. We brought my son to two therapists. We spent about $500 for their care before we had to stop because they weren’t in our network. At $175 a pop, we had to find another solution.

You’ll have about six months before the trauma really hits the fan. Whoever was involved will start to atrophy mentally (in my case, my wife and kid).

My child became rage-filled and physical. He tossed chairs at his teachers. It got so bad that we admitted him to the Chicago Lurie Children’s Hospital ER.

It’s better to distract yourself with massive amounts of booze and drugs to avoid going insane. If your body can’t handle it for any reason, you should turn to OCD-level amounts of yoga and scented candle burning. Bad for the lungs, good for the soul.

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Wes X

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