DemDaily: Guns: Out of Control

May 21, 2018

Santa Fe, Texas.  Ten more dead, eight of them children. The shooter: a 17 year-old classmate.  The weapons: a sawed-off shotgun and a .38 caliber handgun. The 16th school shooting in America in 2018.

Mural by Manuel Oliver, father of Parkland victim Joaquin "Guac" Oliver, 17 years old

The Victims
Of the top twenty deadliest shootings in American history, sixteen have occurred in the last twenty years, and four have occurred in the last six months.

May 18, 2018Santa Fe, Texas, Santa Fe High School. Killed 10, Injured 10  *  February 15, 2018Parkland, Florida, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Killed 17, Injured 12+  *  November 5, 2017Sutherland Springs, Texas, First Baptist Church. Killed 26, Injured 20  *  October 1, 2017Las Vegas , Nevada, Route 91 Music Festival. Killed 58, Injured 500+  *  June 12, 2016Orlando, Florida, Pulse Nightclub. Killed 49, Injured  50+  *  December 2, 2015San Bernardino, California, Inland Regional Center. Killed 14, Injured 22  *  October 1, 2015Roseburg, Oregon, Umpqua Community College. Killed 9, Injured 9  *  June 17, 2015Charleston, South Carolina, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Killed 9, Injured 1  *  September 16, 2013:  Washington, DC, Washington Navy Yard.  Killed 12, Injured 8  *  December 14, 2012Newton, Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elementary. Killed 27, including 20 children age 6-7. Injured 2  *  July 20, 2012Aurora, Colorado, Century 16 Movie Theatre. Killed 12, Injured 70  * November 5, 2009Killeen, Texas, Fort Hood Military Base. Killed 13, Injured 42  *  April 3, 2009Binghamton, New York, New York Immigrant Centre. Killed 13, Injured 4  *  April 16, 2007Blacksburg, Virginia, Virginia Tech. Killed 32, Injured 23  *  April 20, 1999Littleton, Colorado, Columbine High School. Killed 13, Injured 24.

Manual Oliver is traveling the country using art to bring attention to gun violence issue. He will be doing 17, one for each Parkland victim

The Decision Makers
Since Parkland

President Trump reversed his commitment, made
in person at the White House to Parkland student survivors, that he would raise the gun purchasing age.

Congress has not passed any gun safety legislation.

It was reported that in 2018 election cycle Gun rights groups, like the National Rifle Association (NRA), have so far outspent gun control organizations by forty to one.

On Sante Fe
Congressman Randy Weber (R), whose 14th District represents Santa Fe High School, said, "Gun control is an interesting term when you think about it," and deferred to mental illness as the cause that "needs to be part of that discussion."

In 2016 Weber introduced House Bill 4550 "to permit active and retired law enforcement officers and persons who are legally allowed to carry a concealed firearm under state law to bring their firearms onto traditionally gun-free school grounds."

Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) said the school shootings are "not about guns," blaming video violence, irresponsible gun owners, lack of enough building exits, abortion, families without fathers, and because "we threw God out of the school(s)."

"Which of the following issues will be most important in deciding your vote for Congress this November?"
#1 Health Care (27%), #2 Economy (23%), #3 Gun Policy 21%
--May 3-6, 2018 CBS News Poll, nationally registered voters

 

 

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