Monday, April 12, 2021

As America Opens Up Mass Shootings Resume

At some point during the opening process of the pandemic across America, mass shootings have become common again.

Look at last year. Name three mass shootings if you can.

As spring spread across the nation, flowers bloomed and guns flourished. There have been 133 mass shootings in the US so far in 2021.

Break that down and you have more than one shooting a day on average. The total is higher than it was during the same time period in 2018, 2019, and 2020.

Fact: firearms have become one of the leading causes of death for Americans of all ages, and the second-leading cause of death for children under 19, according to the Gifford's Law Center, a gun-safety organization.

Why are mass shootings worse this year than others? That's the million dollar question.

Perhaps pent up frustration at being locked down last year plays a part. It's hard to say, but I suspect the pandemic and the toxic politics we're immersed in are a large part of the problem.

President Biden signed some gun safety executive orders, but they have little teeth when it comes to solving the problem.

The Republicans aren't helping by resisting any gun safety laws. The link between gun manufacturers and the GOP has been a boon to mass murderers.

We're seeing that now.

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