Too many officials downplay gun violence, Americans die


Four people were killed in a shooting in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, on Sunday. Have you heard about it? maybe not.

You may have heard about Saturday’s shooting in Yazoo County, Mississippi. Or the shooting that left him four dead in Chester, Virginia on Friday. Or maybe you didn’t.

You’ve probably heard about the 609 mass shootings across the country this year, documented by the Gun Violence Archive as of Thursday. Is not it. But I don’t think so. We hear only the biggest, most tragic, and most egregious death episodes.

Shooting after shooting. death after death. Endless injuries. Why aren’t all members of Congress outraged? Why aren’t judges doing what they can to make us safer? why not?

Why, as a nation, have only the most serious mass shootings received widespread attention? Perhaps because mass shootings have become the norm.

Tuesday night, at least six people killed Four people were taken to hospital at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia.

A gunman killed five people and injured 18 at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on Saturday.

On November 13, three University of Virginia football players were shot dead and two others injured. The shooting was so tragic that there wasn’t much room to report that the suspect shot one of him dead and wounded seven others in Omaha on the same day. Or that the Philadelphia shooting wounded him four.

Perhaps Americans have become numb. We have little time to recover from the horrific spring shootings of July 4th in Highland Park, Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.

Meanwhile, just last weekend, a shooting in Chicago left three people dead and 17 wounded.

Are our officials taking action? Let’s see.

In Colorado Springs, authorities used the state’s “red flags” law to stop the shooting, even though he was arrested last year after he was reportedly threatening violence with bombs, “multiple weapons” and ammunition. It did not remove the suspect’s weapon. Was this omission influenced by the county commission’s declaration that the county is a Second Amendment sanctuary?

In Virginia, the state of three recent mass shootings, Governor Glenn Youngkin has said he will consider repealing existing gun control laws rather than signing legislation that places restrictions on the Second Amendment.

In Texas, a court ruled earlier this month that people under a protective order have the right to own a gun.

In New York, a federal judge last month blocked most of the state’s new gun-safety laws.

In Oregon, county sheriffs and gun rights groups have filed a federal lawsuit to block a voter-approved ballot measure to limit gun violence.

Earlier this year, only two House Republicans voted in favor of banning assault weapons.

As for the U.S. Supreme Court, it happily scrapped years of settled legislation, making powerful weapons more accessible to criminals and mass shooter suspects.

Perhaps no official noticed that in the two weeks between November 11th and November 23rd, there were 17 mass shootings across the United States.

Or maybe reports of the carnage are buried under a flood of political donations from gun manufacturers who want to sell as many guns as possible.

Yes, Congress announced in June that it would increase background checks on gun buyers under 21, fund states to implement red flag laws, and strengthen laws against straw buying and gun trafficking. passed legislation. But that’s not enough.

Most Americans want stronger gun control. The only way to get them is to require all officials at all levels to work to make the nation safer.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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