Another day, another school shooting. How many times has that been said. It happens so often now that we have to consider mass shootings a new sport in America. And the press does the play-by-play. And has happened so many times before, it will be forgotten in a couple of days. The politicians will give plenty of lip service but nothing will be done to prevent similar horrors in the future:
As Republicans begin heaping “thoughts and prayers” on the families of the 17-plus people killed in Wednesday’s deadly shooting at a high school outside Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live! made sure to note how much each had taken from the National Rifle Association.
And the number of school shootings is getting worse:
The Florida shooting was the 18th school shooting in the U.S. since the start of 2018. That’s an average of one school shooting every 60 hours in 2018, more than double the number of school shootings recorded in any of the previous three years in that same period.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was once seriously wounded by a gunman, is calling for kicking out politicians that are beholden to the NRA:
In a final tweet, Giffords said that “American voters must” take action to vote in politicians who would “find the courage to pass the laws we need to protect our children.”
And what does Trump want to do about gun violence? How about making it worse:
President Donald Trump’s newly unveiled budget would cut millions of dollars from the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, which gun dealers use to verify if someone is banned from buying a gun before selling it to them.
One member of Congress is speaking out. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.):
Murphy, a fierce gun control advocate who had just been elected to the Senate when the Sandy Hook massacre took place in his home state, blamed congressional inaction for the events that unfolded in Parkland, Florida.
“This happens nowhere else other than the United States of America,” he said. “This epidemic of mass slaughter … it only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction.”
Pointing to himself and his colleagues, he continued, “We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”