Donald Trump, the “massacre president,” is offering his “condolences” and nothing more in the wake of yet another mass school shooting that saw as many as 50 students hit by a lone gunman. Seventeen students are dead.
The number citizens killed or wounded in mass shootings is skyrocketing in little over a year into his administration, putting it on a pace to become one of the bloodiest in modern political history.
Trump’s reaction to the mass shooting at a Texas church also suggested he has no plans to address the problem.
Trump has spouted National Rifle Association boilerplate after every mass shooting. He has refused to apply the same “extreme vetting” to gun purchasers that he has vowed to apply to Muslim immigrants.
He answered with basically a National Rifle Association (NRA) talking point. The only way to stop a man with a gun is another man with a gun.
The idea that only a good guy with a gun can stop a bad guy with a gun was first suggested by the NRA following the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
It’s as meaningless now as it was then.
Stanford Law professor John Donahue, who studied gun violence in America, found “not even the slightest hint” that right-to-carry laws reduce overall violent crime, according to CNN.
Citizens are at a higher risk for homicide, “particularly firearm homicide” in homes, cities, states and regions in the United States with a high incidence of gun ownership, according to the Harvard University School of Public Health.
Meanwhile, Republican Congressional leaders have only offered “prayers” for the victims and warned, once again, against “politicizing” the shooting.
Trump’s first year in office was the deadliest for mass killings in more than a decade, according to USAToday.
The First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, left 26 people dead, bringing the total number of people killed in mass shootings to 208 this year, according to the newspaper. Last year, 188 people died in similar attacks.
The mass shooting in Las Vegas in October left 58 people dead and 546 injured. It raised alarm bells about so-called “bump-stocks.” The shooter used such a device to turn a semi-automatic assault rifle into an automatic weapon.
So far, Congress has yet to outlaw the device. Bump stocks still remain legal throughout the United States.
Trump’s hyperbolic rhetoric about making the nation safe again was directly mainly at threats from terrorists. But the overwhelming number of mass shootings are perpetrated by U.S. citizens who own assault rifles.
The latest shooting is a case in point. Florida has one of the most lax gun laws in the state. Anyone can carry a concealed weapon. Yet, no one challenged the shooter.
The suspect, Nicolas de Jesus Cruz, 19, was arrested by SWAT team members about a mile from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida
He is a former student and ex-member of the U.S. Army’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program.
A student who claims to know Cruz said the suspected gunman was a “troubled kid” who is obsessed with guns. He was reportedly armed with an assault rifle, according to police.
Rapid gunfire echoed throughout the school during the assault, according to students.
Poll show that the majority of U.S. citizens want Congress to do more to curb gun violence in the United States.
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