aside Gun Violence In The USA By The Washington Post

Editorial cartoon on gun control

We all know that the vast majority of Americans want sensible gun regulation laws like barring peoples on terrorist list; convicted felons; convicted domestic and child abusers; mentally ill  folks determined to be violent from having access to guns; and that all gun purchasers have to undergo a background check (even at gun shows) which can take up to two weeks versus the current 3 day limit.

These minimal gun regulations cannot be enacted into law because too many republican legislators are in the pockets of the N.R.A. (National Rifle Association). These same lawmakers couldn’t even pass a bill to outlaw bump stocks, a device that turns a semi-automatic rifle into a machine gun.

If these GOP members don’t kow-tow to the NRA, this entity will fund ADs against these recalcitrant lawmakers and/ or sponsor an opponent to challenge them in future election cycles, as well as ending any future donations. These republicans do have to ask themselves if their job worries supersede the sacrifice of our children’s lives.

(SEE: Shepard Smith reads list of school shootings since Columbine | Fox )

Editorial cartoon on mass shootings and gun control and mental health

“Below are the top 10 career recipients of N.R.A. funding – through donations or spending to benefit the candidate – among Senate members, along with their statements about the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Tex. These representatives have a lot to say about it. All the while, they refuse to do anything to avoid the next massacre.”

Senate (As of  11/ 2017)
1. Richard Burr
N.C.
“Praying for those affected in today’s unspeakable tragedy at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, TX.”
$6,986,620
FROM THE N.R.A.
2. Roy Blunt
Mo.
“My prayers are with the victims of the heartbreaking tragedy in Sutherland Springs, their families, & the First Baptist Church congregation.”
$4,551,146
FROM THE N.R.A.
3. Thom Tillis
N.C.
“My prayers are with the First Baptist Church and the community of Sutherland Springs, TX. What a horrific tragedy.”
$4,418,012
FROM THE N.R.A.
4. Cory Gardner
Co.
“Our hearts are with the people of Sutherland Springs, TX during this tragedy & thank you to our first responders & emergency personnel.”
$3,879,064
FROM THE N.R.A.
5. Marco Rubio
Fla.
“We pray for the Sutherland Springs community in this difficult time. So incredibly thankful to first responders.”
$3,303,355
FROM THE N.R.A.
6. Joni Ernst
Iowa
No statement released yet.
$3,124,273
FROM THE N.R.A.
7. Rob Portman
Ohio
“Jane & I are devastated by the news out of Sutherland Springs, Texas. We send our prayers to that community & first responders at the scene.”
$3,061,941
FROM THE N.R.A.
8. Todd Young
Ind.
“Heartbroken by the news out of Sutherland Springs, Texas. Praying for the victims and their families.”
$2,896,732
FROM THE N.R.A.
9. Bill Cassidy
La.
“Our prayers are with everyone affected by the tragic event in Sutherland Springs, Texas.”
$2,861,047
FROM THE N.R.A.
10. Tom Cotton
Ark.
No statement released yet.
$1,968,714
FROM THE N.R.A.

Editorial cartoon on the Republican Party and mass shootings

Here’s the rest of the story…

On February 14, 2018, Philip Bump of the Washington Post penned the following report, “Eighteen years of gun violence in U.S. schools, mapped”

Excerpts:

It’s not really the case, as you may have seen reported elsewhere, that there have been 18 school shootings in the United States this year. That data point comes from a gun-control-advocacy organization called Everytown for Gun Safety and includes any discharge of a firearm at a school — including accidents — as a “shooting.” It also includes incidents that happened to take place at a school, whether students were involved or not.

Perhaps these meet your standard for a school shooting, but generally, the term refers to something more specific: the targeting of students or teachers at a school. By Everytown’s standard, there has been a shooting every 2.5 days this year. Using a stricter standard, there have been at least seven school shootings in 2018 — more than one each week. Shootings near New Orleans and Los Angeles. Shootings in Kentucky, Arizona and Texas. And, on Wednesday, a shooting in Parkland, Fla., that has left 17 people dead and an undetermined number wounded (as of writing).

Since 2000, using data compiled by Wikipedia and evaluated by type of school and type of incident, there have been more than 130 shootings at elementary, middle and high schools, and 58 others at colleges and universities.

At high schools, including preliminary data from the Parkland shooting, there have been almost 70 people killed and nearly 200 wounded. At elementary and middle schools, about 60 people have been killed and about 60 wounded.

Those deaths at elementary schools are, of course, driven upward by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012. But there have been shootings at elementary schools in seven other states as well since Jan. 1, 2000.

There have been nearly twice as many shootings at middle schools, the deadliest of which targeted an Amish school in Pennsylvania. (We have included it as a middle school because of the ages of the older students who were killed.

There were five times as many shootings at high schools since 2000 than at middle schools, affecting most of the most heavily-populated areas of the country — and a number of rural areas as well.

Since 2000, there have been school shootings in 43 of the 50 states, according to our data. (The exceptions: Alaska, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Wyoming.) The shootings have taken place at a rate of about one a month and left about 250 students and teachers dead.These numbers may be low.

2 comments

  1. Dear Mz. Gronda,

    I just sent an e-mail to Sen Tommy Cotton and asked him how much money it would cost we tax payers to vote on a plan to reduce gun deaths inflicted upon our school children! I reminded him that the had been paid 2 million dollars by the NRA to ensure that the deaths continued, and I and several of my friends would like to start a go fund me drive to purchase his vote away from the NRA! I would guess it would take at least double to buy his vote for safety for us private citizens. I await his response…

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