I bet you didn’t know that there were nine mass shootings in the U.S. last weekend. NINE!!! I bet you didn’t know that last month alone, 1.81 million guns were purchased in the U.S.
Nothing wrong with this economy if that many fools can throw away money on that many guns! If your senator or representative is a Republican, odds are good that he/she has an ‘A’ rating with the NRA. Only one Democrat, Minnesota’s Collin Peterson, has a NRA ‘A’ rating. Last year, Mr. Peterson declared that, “If I hear the words ‘common-sense gun legislation’ one more time, I’ll throw up.”
In the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent $52.6 million buying Republican candidates. Imagine how many children could have had healthy meals for a year for that amount of money. Instead, some of those children will likely be shot dead by guns because of the NRA and members of Congress.
The only one of the weekend’s minimum of nine mass shootings to make widespread headlines was at a birthday party in Colorado. Six people were killed in that one, and the suspected shooter—believed to be the boyfriend of one of his victims—also killed himself.
In other mass shootings, three were killed and one injured in Woodlawn, Maryland, in a bizarre incident that involved a man shooting and stabbing his neighbors, setting fire to his own home, and ultimately being shot and killed by police. Two people were killed and three injured in St. Louis County, Missouri, when a truck pulled up and bullets started flying. In Compton, California, two people were killed and two injured, while one person was killed and five were injured in a Los Angeles shooting. One person was killed and at least seven were wounded in an altercation at a Phoenix hotel. Four people were injured in each of three mass shootings, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Newark, New Jersey; and Citrus Heights, California.
We have apparently become so complacent, so inured to it all, that these weren’t even widely covered in the press.
Never again, as long as I live, will I vote for a single Republican and I will work to see as many as possible defeated next year. I don’t wish to live in a country where lunacy is supported by the government, where it is no longer safe to even shop in the grocery store or walk down the streets.
Note to non-U.S. readers: I welcome any of my readers who live outside the U.S. and would be interested in writing a guest post about how our gun culture is viewed in your country.