Rachel Maddow put into context the extent to which the mass shooting has spiraled out of control.
Gun killings, mass murders with guns are so common in this country that it’s entirely possible for you to survive one mass shooting only to endure another. That’s a thing that’s happening in our country now. It is statistically possible. In fact, gun homicides are so common in this country that in one attack the gunman could shoot and kill 11 people, drive to a nearby parking lot, and kill himself at the site of another mass shooting just a few years earlier.
The family vacation is visiting Tennessee today when she and her family end up in the middle of another mass shooting. The fact that reporters cover shootings in their own children’s schools, that people survive multiple mass shootings before they’re legally allowed to drink, these aren’t crazy coincidences. This is a measure of the prevalence of this problem in our country. Things like this happen over and over again because mass shootings really do happen so frequently in the United States.
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If Republicans aren’t moved to act after the murders of kindergarten kids just before Christmas at Sandy Hook Elementary and the deaths of Parkland high schools that started a national gun safety movement and the slaughter of children and adults in Uvalde, Texas been, then there is no single incident that will move the needle for them.
The rest of the nation sees what Rachel Maddow described with their own eyes every day. The mass shooting just keeps getting worse.
The longer our nation allows these rampages to continue. The worse the problem gets.
Of course we must protect the Second Amendment, but most responsible gun owners do not plan or carry out mass shootings. There is a middle ground between the absolutism of the Second Amendment and measures to protect as many people as possible from the loss of their lives in mass shootings.
Traditionally, when the American people see a problem, they elect people to act to solve that problem. If voters make stopping mass shootings an electoral priority, they will save lives by electing candidates who take action in lieu of extra interest money.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association
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