How bad have mass shootings gotten in the U.S.? There have been two more since the shooting at the Poway synagogue just this past Saturday. And other than that first mass shooting in Poway which understandably got a great deal of attention, the other two have largely gone unnoticed. And even the synagogue shooting has faded it bit into the wallpaper in just four days.
On Saturday in Poway, California, three people in the synagogue of 100 were wounded, and one person was killed by the shooter who still had 50 rounds remaining in his AR-15 weapon.
Eight people were shot in Baltimore on Sunday, the very next day -- at a cookout -- where one of those hit was killed.
Two days later on Tuesday, apparently taking Monday off to re-load, a mass shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte took the lives of two students with four other students wounded, all in critical condition.
The attack at the college was the 108th mass shooting of the year, according to Gun Archive. It was only the 120th day of 2019.
As far as we can tell, the White House and Republican Party in Congress all just sit there, merely twiddling their trigger fingers, taking no action, unless one considers offering "thoughts and prayers" to be "action.
The only semi-positive news in all this is that the gun corporation-owned NRA terrorist organization has so many problems of their own -- between top officials quitting or being suspended, separate cross-charges from different factions within the organization of financial improprieties.federal investigations of money-laundering with the Russians and NY state investigations into the NRA's tax-exempt status -- that they've been fairly quiet through all this, either because even they are too embarrassed to say anything or (more likely) they're all busy either talking with their lawyers or shredding documents.
The best public comment I've read about this from a politician comes from the wonderful first-term Congresswoman from Southern California, Kate Porter who sent out a tweet --
And you probably didn't know all that much -- if anything -- about these last two mass shootings. Or most the 108 of them in the first four months of the year. That's how horrific and commonplace it's become.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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