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Mass Shootings Means It Is A Normal Day In America

June 14, 2017

Guns are the problem.

Yesterday in Baltimore, two people were killed and six others injured in two separate incidents. At one of the shootings there were so many shell casings that “detectives appeared to run out of evidence markers to flag them all, using bits of trash instead.”

Approximately 90 people are shot and killed in America every single day, and while the media, when it does talk about gun violence, tends to fixate on mass shootings (of which there have been 154 this year alone), many of these deaths will be suicides and will receive no attention. Quite simply, the public health crisis that is US gun violence is a daily occurrence — incessant, pointless, costly, and seemingly unstoppable.

Now one might think that having multiple members of Congress targeted in a mass shooting would be a wake-up call to the nation’s elected leaders that something must be done to end this bloodshed. But of course this is not the first time in recent memory that a member of Congress had been a victim in a mass shooting. In 2010, US Representative Gabby Giffords of Arizona was severely wounded by a lone gunman. Congress did nothing.

Indeed, in the year since the Pulse massacre, Congress has not passed a single bill to limit gun violence. In fact, one of the few pieces of legislation signed by President Trump was the rolling back of an Obama-era regulation that made it more difficult for those suffering severe mental illnesses from buying guns.

The simple reality is that tragedies like the one we saw Wednesday in Virginia will continue, unabated, until Congress and the nation’s state legislatures place common-sense limits on the ability of Americans to arm themselves.

Barring that from happening — and we all know that it won’t — Americans will simply go back to doing what we did before today’s shooting in Virginia: largely ignoring the unceasing carnage of American gun violence.

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