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Subj: Re: Murica - Apple pie, baseball, Coca-Cola … and mass shootings
Posted: Wed May 25, 2022 at 06:24:39 pm EDT (Viewed 119 times)
Reply Subj: "No Way To Prevent This," Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens
Posted: Tue May 24, 2022 at 09:27:14 pm EDT (Viewed 145 times)

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The Onion prints this story after every massacre, but people either agree with this sentiment that defies all logic or want to do something but is stopped by the former group from passing legislation. So 10 days after the Buffalo shooting that killed 10, another mass shooting leaves 18 children (said to be 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders) and 2 adults dead. We've had the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 26 were killed, the Parkland, FL Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, where 17 were killed, the Columbine High School massacre, where 13 were killed. That's just the tip of the iceberg of mass killings that happen in the U.S.A. This is apparently the 30th shooting at a K-12 school in 2022.

Yes, guns aren’t solely the problem, but they are the easiest to deal with. Australia did it after a 1996 mass shooting with much stricter gun laws and there wasn't another mass shooting for 23 years.

Which is easier, changing the mental health of a population or a massive gun buy-back program? Removing poverty and crime or stricter gun laws? Other developed countries have mental health issues, poverty, and crime, but none of them have the consistently higher gun death rate that the U.S. has. The difference? They have stricter gun laws. So yes, there is a way to prevent this because every other developed country does.

A bunch of preschoolers getting murdered in school changed absolutely nothing. Sandy Hook was our litmus test of sorts, and we failed spectacularly.

Mass shootings is American culture. Has been for some time. Probably won’t change until the Boomers (and some of Gen X) frothing religiously over 2A all die off.

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