Friday, July 24, 2015

AMERICA AWASH IN VIOLENCE - HYPOCRISY & HUBRIS

What a horrible weak for senseless murders in the United States. 

Two terrible shootings last night claimed 8 lives. A white male, age 58, shot two people in Lafayette, La., movie theater and two teenagers alleged  killed their parents and three younger siblings in people of Broken Arrow, Okla. 

These incidents come on the heels of the tragic story of the Memorial University Professor who was stabbed in an incident in California on the weekend that took the lives of two people and seriously injured two others. 

On July 16, 2015, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez opened fire on two military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee killing five people.  Dylann Roof, 21,  shot and killed 9 black people at a South Carolina church on June 17th.

After each tragedy, flags are lowered. leaders  express their heartfelt sympathy for the victims and nothing changes. The gun lobby continues to win - Americans want their guns despite the damage they inflict. They are complacent in the face of great tragedy.

The country is awash in gun violence — on average, 32 gun homicides a day. The mass killings are just the tip of the iceberg. So many, in fact, that most of the killings barely make news at all, certainly not national news. 

America is a huge outlier among developed countries when it comes to gun ownership and gun-related homicides.

Gun violence is much more common in the US than in its developed peers. It certainly is a result of cultural and policy decisions that have made firearms far more available in America than in most of the world. There are more guns in America than people! Why?

Politicians appear terrified of taking on the National Rifle Association. Gun lobbyists say that mental health issues stand at the root of the problem, not the ability of people to buy high-powered rifles or easily concealed handguns.
government imposed stringent rules on the types of weapons that Americans can own

In the land of the free, mass killings continue to be the price paid for the Second Amendment.








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