Thought and prayers ain’t working’ in wake of mass shootings
It’s hard to feel any sorrow for the victims of Las Vegas’ mass shooting last month, when all you can feel is dumbfounded frustration and anger.
President Donald Trump described the shooter, Robert Paddock, as a “very sick, demented man,” although, I’m sure we could all guess what the president’s comment would be had the perpetrator been named Ahmed.
In any case, in the last 10 years, the U.S has been shook by four out of five of the deadliest mass-shootings in their history.
With the second deadliest having taken place just last year in an Orlando, Florida nightclub, which claimed 49 lives.
After Paddock murdered 58 people, it seems that with each of the deadliest shootings, the current gunman tries to out-do the last, and with access to the types of weapons Americans feel they have the right to possess, that goal can be easily reached.
However, try telling any of this to those gunslingers, it’s like screaming into an abyss.
In the broadest sense of the mass shooting term, being at least three people shot or killed by a gunman, there has been an average of 7.5 mass shootings per week this year in the “land of the free,” according to the Gun Violence Archive.
To put this more into a more global perspective, the U.S. holds just five per cent of the world’s population, yet 31 per cent of public mass shootings.
Evidently, every few months we are awakened by the news of American home-grown terror, and the hope that things will change.
But they don’t.
It’s becoming increasingly frustrating to watch innocent lives being taken away simply because many of our neighbours south of border are reluctant to amend their blessed second amendment that promotes a citizen’s right to bear arms.
The battles on comment sections of news articles posted on social media after each mass shooting are nauseating to read.
After this most recent event, a question was posed on a Reddit forum whether or not gun owners believe every man woman and child should still be armed, one user wrote, “now more than ever.”
Let the shaking of heads ensue.
Unfortunately, there is a direct correlation between an increase in gun demand and when gun control debates peak, which is normally after a mass shooting, according to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).
According to National Rifle Association wisdom, the best solution to a maniac with a gun is hundreds of good guys with guns.
Gun lobbyists were quick to criticise the politicizing of the mass shooting soon after it occurred. They essentially state that now isn’t the time to debate gun control, rather Americans should simply come together and pray for the victims, you know, because that has worked so well in the past.
They’ve simply run out of ways to defend their gun control logic, and therefore feel the need to deflect the attention on those raising second amendment concerns as people who aren’t appropriately mourning victims, because they’re bringing politics into the equation.
An attorney named Patrick Dunphy, said it best when he handled a case against a gun shop in Milwaukee and refered to the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting, “when you have someone slaughtering kids in a grade school, if that isn’t enough, what is?”
Sadly, it wasn’t enough, because here we are again.
In the time it took for this article to be written and published, The U.S. was rocked by yet another mass shooting in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday, Nov. 5. 26 people were killed.