Solving Mass Shootings in America


Two important questions must be answered to begin solving the mass shootings in America:  (1) Does controlling the type of guns that can be purchased and kind of people who can legally purchase guns help curb mass shootings?  (2) Who is responsible for NOTHING being done as Americans bury their dead?  

 

We cry, we moan, we bury our dead, but …nothing gets done…only more shootings come…

What does research say about question number one: Does controlling the type of guns that can be purchased and choice of people who can legally purchase guns help curb mass shootings? 

For the purpose of this article, “mass shootings” is defined as three (3) or more victims killed, excluding the shooter.

The Data:

  • Mass shootings that involved the use of high-capacity magazines resulted in more than twice as many fatalities and fourteen (14) times as many injuries compared to those that did not.
  • The majority of the perpetrators in mass shootings are white males.
  • 53% of all mass shootings in America involved high-capacity magazines.
  • Since 2011, mass shootings have tripled in America, one occurring every 64 days.
  • From January 3, 2019 to September 2, 2019, three hundred hundred and twenty-two (322) mass shootings have occurred in America; the last one happening a day ago, where a 14-year-old boy shot five family members to death in Elkmont, Alabama.  The racial make-up of the town is 83.4% white, 15.11% African American and 1.06% other races.
in Samson, Ala., Tuesday, March 17, 2009. Michael McClendon killed eleven people before shooting himself on a two-county rampage last Tuesday. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

 

Factors Contributing to Mass Shootings:

  • Easy access of guns; use of high-capacity magazine guns.
  • Revenge seekers trying to even the score because of years of bullying.
  • Wide gap between one’s expectations and one’s actual achievement.
  • Desire for fame and notoriety.
  • Copy-cat phenomenon.
  • Lack of background checks.

How Does America Compare with Other Developed Countries?

  • Fact: America has the highest rate of murder by firearm than most developed countries.  It is estimated that there are 390 million guns owners in the United States.
  • White men own the most guns in America.

2017 Gun Deaths as Reported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

  • 39,773 people died from gun-related injuries in 2017.
  • 75% of all U.S. murders involved a firearm.
  • 51% of all suicides involved the use of a gun.
  • The United States has the highest gun death rate than most developed nations.  For example, in 2016, the U.S. gun death rate was 10.6 per 100,000 people; Canada (2.1 per 100,000) Australia (1.0 per 100,000) France (2.7 per 100,000) Germany (0.9 per 100,0000 and Spain (0.6 per 100,000).  All of these countries have stronger gun control laws across the country and are not segmented by state laws as we are in America.

Who is responsible for NOTHING being done as Americans bury their dead? 

Gun violence research is one of the most poorly researched causes of death, and the second least-funded cause of death.  Why?  This is attributed to the 1996 Dickey Amendment, which stipulates “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” may be used to advocate or promote gun control.  Now… the CDC may research the causes of gun violence as a result of a Trump Administration signed amendment to the bill.

  • Democrats in the House have passed significant gun control laws, but  Republican Senator Mitch McConnell has refused to bring the bill to the floor in the Senate.
  • A USA TODAY Network survey of all members of Congress in August, 2019 found few Republicans willing to publicly back specific proposals on background checks or “red flag” laws.
  • 187 Democrats in the House supported a ban on assault weapons with only 2 Republicans supporting it.
  • The NRA did not support the renewal of the 1994 Federal Assault Weapons Ban and has lobbied vigorously against it since.
  • President Trump says he is for some kind of gun control one day and the next day, says things against it…sending unclear messages as to what his position is.
  • Republicans give preference to “gun rights” instead of “gun control,” in spite of the increasing number of Americans killed daily and mass shootings occurring far too often.
  • The Republican dominated Supreme Court weakened the Second Amendment interpretation by placing the “right to bear arms” in the hands of individuals instead of “a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State.”  Since this change, gun control has steadily declined and killings and mass shootings have progressively increased.  It seems that human life in America has little or no value to many politicians.  Over 23 states passed “Stand Your Ground” laws which have resulted in increased numbers of minorities being killed, and the shooters protected by those laws.

What does all the data mean?

It means that unless someone or something halts the access to guns, type of guns citizens can purchase, and bring a sense of honesty, integrity and decency to the political machine in America, we will become very much like a Third World country, where fear and violence rule the land.  Even today, much of the populace feels it is no longer the “land of the free and home of the brave.”  Children get “mowed down” in their schools, several people are murdered every day in our cities and countrysides, churches are no longer safe havens, and public places are breeding grounds for mass shootings.

History reveals that nations who speak Christianity and practice disrespect for  God’s laws, perish.  Sadly, our position on the world stage has diminished and is daily deteriorating.  Lies, deceit and corruption are fast becoming “the norm.”

Who is responsible for the gun violence in the USA?  

Analyze the information above and arrive at your own conclusion…

Finally, many Americans are growing increasingly concerned about the escalation of corruption in the highest office in America, politicians working only for themselves and gun lobbyists, and the deterioration of morality in America.  Sure…we go to church and listen to sermons, but in practice, we hate our fellow man, lie, steal and cheat.  The physical universe reflects the hearts and minds of its inhabitants: destruction, death and violent storms.

Where is the calming of the tempest that Jesus practiced?  Absent…Let us recall his simple message: “Peace, Be Still!”