Qasim Rashid posted on Twitter:
Today is 215th day of 2019
#ElPaso shooting is 249th mass shooting of 2019
GOP has passed:
•Disaster Aid Ban
But for the 8,666 Americans killed by guns in 2019 YTD:
•0 gun laws
•0 gun reform
According to Wikipedia:
“Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group that tracks shootings and their characteristics in the United States, defines a mass shooting as: an incident in which four or more people, excluding the perpetrator(s), are shot in one location at roughly the same time. The Congressional Research Service narrows that definition further, only considering what it defines as “public mass shootings”, and only considering victims as those who are killed, excluding any victims who survive. The Washington Post and Mother Jones use similar definitions, with the latter acknowledging that their definition “is a conservative measure of the problem”, as many rampages with fewer fatalities occur. The crowdsourced Mass Shooting Tracker project defines a mass shooting as: “an incident where four or more people are shot in a single shooting spree. This may include the gunman himself, or police shootings of civilians around the gunman.”
As of July 31, 2019, 248 mass shootings have occurred in 2019 that fit the inclusion criteria of this article, resulting in 979 people being shot. Of those people, 246 have died.”
I am not denying there is a culture of gun violence in this country. I do have an issue with lumping different types of incidents under one umbrella term. To me, a “Mass Shooting” is where one or more perpetrators start gunning innocent people down for no apparent reason; they don’t even know most, if any, of their victims. The list on Wikipedia includes shootings resulting from escalating arguments, domestic violence, home invasions, and drug related incidents with everything else…most of which really don’t give even suspected reasons for what happened. I think they need to be looked at separately, and dealt with separately. Mental Health Care is as much a part of the problem as gun accessibility. Having people in power who normalize hate against certain groups of people is an even BIGGER problem than gun accessibility. Anger Management seems to be a big part of it, too…and this coming from a woman who definitely has anger issues of her own.
Thing is, I own a gun. I attended training classes and tests, and had to answer questions from a judge to get my pistol permit. I also own a bow, and knives, and a quarterstaff made of American Hop hornbeam, aka Ironwood. I have been known to throw glass bottles at someone’s head in a temper. Usually, I walk away before I try ripping their throat out with my bare hands. Going for my gun doesn’t even occur to me when I am angry. If someone is threatening my family, then maybe. Usually there are better ways to deal with things.
Common Sense laws, and the enforcement of those laws, I agree with. I don’t agree with giving up my guns across the board.
The GOP doesn’t even seem to know what common sense is anymore.
•Muslim Ban Is ridiculous. Not all Muslims are terrorists; and most of the real
terrorists in the US claim to be Christian. They are also WHITE.
•Refugee Ban So, as long as YOUR family is safe, screw the rest of the world.
•Asylee Ban Same as above. These people are doing what they can to escape
issues not of their making, and you’d rather see them crucified.
•Abortion Ban Abortion is between the host (mother) and her medical team. It is
no business of someone who claims to be following a moral
guideline, when they can’t follow the rest of those guidelines
•Disaster Aid Ban Yeah, this one really irks me. In a lot of these cases, the
communities in need of help pay their taxes…they DESERVE the
help. In the case of foreign disaster aid…who is to say someday
it won’t be US asking THEM for help? Good neighbors, dudes.
The GOP needs to get their hands out of the till, get their noses out of other people’s business, and do what they are supposed to do: work for the people, not line their own damn pockets!