Rachel Maddow explained the extent to which the mass shooting epidemic is spiraling out of control.
Mr Maddow said:
Gun homicides, mass gun homicides, are so common in this country that it’s entirely possible to survive one mass shooting and survive another. That is what is happening in our country now. Statistically possible. In fact, gun homicide is so common in this country that the gunman claimed that in his single attack he shot 11 people, drove to a nearby parking lot, and shot another a few years ago. I was able to kill myself where the shooting happened.
A family vacation visiting Tennessee today as she and her family are in the middle of another mass shooting. The fact that reporters are covering shootings at their own children’s schools, the fact that people have survived multiple mass shootings before being legally allowed to drink, these are crazy coincidences. No. This is a measure of the prevalence of this problem in our country. This sort of thing happens over and over again because mass shootings happen really often in America.
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After the murder of a kindergartener just before Christmas at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the death of a Parkland high school that launched a nationwide gun safety campaign, and the massacre of children and adults in Uvalde, Texas, Republicans failed to act. If so, there is not a single event that will make a big difference for them.
People in the rest of the world see with their own eyes every day what Rachel Maddow described. Mass shootings are becoming more and more serious.
The more our country allows these rampages to continue, the worse the problem gets.
Of course, we need to abide by the Second Amendment, but most responsible gun owners don’t plan or carry out mass shootings. There is a middle ground between Second Amendment absolutism and action to protect as many people as possible from being killed in mass shootings.
Americans traditionally choose someone to act when a problem arises. If voters make stopping mass shootings a priority in their elections, they will save lives by choosing candidates to take action instead of special interest.
Jason is the editor-in-chief. He is also a White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy with a specialization in the social reform movement.
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Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association
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