Scott Lemieux: Politics, not 2nd Amendment behind the rise in shootings

Cheryl Sanders
February 25, 2018

The 17-year-old has been described by the New Yorker as a "theatre kid" and calls himself the "class clown".

Gun rights people, in large part, are fanatics over their semi-automatics.

Why is gun control policy in the United States so lax? In the days following the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty members, a vociferous movement of young people has risen up to say enough is enough. "Would you be willing to potentially wait a few more days to purchase a gun if more comprehensive background checks were required in order to keep guns out of the wrong people's hands?"

Ms Gonzalez, whose family has roots in Cuba and is easily recognisable with her shaved head, had written the speech just hours before and her only previous activism was participating in last year's March for Science. He dreams of one day meeting Oprah Winfrey.

Yes, the president "plans to host a "listening session" with students and teachers from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Thursday".

Hogg was recruited by Kasky to help lead the #NeverAgain movement.


"Please, take action", said student David Hogg. I wish all who disagree could have seen the fear in my granddaughter's eyes.

Out of the about 265 million privately owned guns, just 3% of the people own half of that entire stash. Thirty-one percent of mass shootings in the world happen here, and yet we continue to respond by calling for more guns. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who reintroduced a bill the that would ban the sale of that kind of weapon after the deadly elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 20 children and six adults dead in 2012.

The alleged gunman Nikolas Cruz legally purchased the firearm he used in the shooting, an AR-15-style rifle, in the state of Florida almost a year ago, according Peter J. Forcelli, special agent in charge of the Miami field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

These perspectives on mass shootings are not only insensitive, but easy to deliver when they come from those who are not among the most vulnerable to incidences of gun violence. "The majority of the people in the country are for that", he said. "You have no idea what you are talking about", said Cameron.

A year ago 58 people were shot dead at an open-air concert in Las Vegas. In 2012, 20 elementary school children and six adults were shot dead at the Sandy Hook school in CT. Because the Las Vegas shooter who killed 58 people October 1 acted abusively toward his girlfriend as well.

In all of those cases, urgent calls for tougher gun control proved fruitless, but experts believe the teens now have a chance at making a real political impact. At the same time, it was very wrong for the president to tweet about Russian Federation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the aftermath of Parkland, thereby politicizing and personalizing the massacre for his purposes.


"Everybody in this country is way more politically involved than they've ever been before", she said. They are not going away, and many are available for black market, criminal and unchecked purchase by people with less-than-honorable intentions.

Nor are they unrelated victims like in the Orlando and Las Vegas shootings.

In numerous mass shootings in the last several years, including the Las Vegas massacre on October 1 and the Texas church shooting on November 5, the gunmen used semi-automatic firearms.

I really shouldn't do this, because the gun debate changes about as many minds as the abortion debate at this point, with both sides choosing to ignore statistics that don't confirm their previously held beliefs, substituting emotion for reason. There's no logical reason why ME should not join other states that allow concealed carry permit holders to carry in schools.

In the recent school mass shooting in Florida, unfortunately the worst played out.

"They are energised by their suffering and grief and channeling the emotion", he said. In 2016, the NRA contributed $54.3 million to Republican politicians. "They are exhausted of the passivity of being a potential victim".


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