He said: “This isn’t a guns situation”. The violence is consistent with a trend in recent USA history – mass shootings have become more frequent and more deadly.
At a press conference in South Korea this week, President Trump said that “extreme vetting” for access to guns in Texas would not have stopped this past weekend’s mass shooting, which left 26 dead.
Three of the five worst mass shootings in United States history have been in the past 17 months.
Bishops United Against Gun Violence said: “As a nation, we must acknowledge that we idolize violence, and we must make amends”. A total of 530 people have died in mass shootings in 2017.
In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the city’s longstanding ban on handgun ownership.
City officials also have noted most guns used in crimes come from outside Chicago – with many coming from Indiana, Wisconsin, and MS, where gun laws are much more lax.
The total number of criminal gun deaths in America this year, as of November 6, is 13,164.
There’s no mention of the fact that so many previous shootings have been carried out by people with legally acquired weapons – like Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas, who bought 33 of his 47 guns in just 12 months, without raising an eyebrow. I’ll keep writing it because we can not become inured to this horrific gun violence.
Donald Trump led the field on November 7 at a press conference in South Korea when he was asked if he believed in “extreme vetting” for gun buyers as he has advocated for individuals entering the US from other countries.
Associate professor of health science from Ball State University, Jagdish Khubchandani, says when a mass murder occurs, the mentally ill are often used as the scapegoat.
It’s the second time since arriving in Asia that the president has been pressed on gun measures. And because the financial and human resources of news organizations are finite, when a large chunk of their time and budget go toward covering a mass shooting somewhere, other stories get less attention. Our lawmakers offer inane promises of “thoughts and prayers”.