Less than 13 hours after a mass shooting during a back-to-school sale in Walmart left 20 dead in El Paso, 9 people were killed overnight in Dayton, Ohio, in a second mass shooting. Evidence suggests that the El Paso shooter is a Trump-supporting, immigrant-hating, white supremacist, who was radicalized online and slaughtered innocent people to achieve political ends. In other words, a terrorist. Domestic Terrorism, we should call it by its name.
We note that the shooting in El Passo is only the 8th most deadly in US History. The Dayton shooting was the 22nd mass killing in the United States in 2019, according to an AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database.
Motivation for both shootings remains unclear (though the El Paso slaughter seems to point to white nationalism), but it doesn’t really matter. Wingnuttia is going to point to mental illness, video games, violent movies, rap music, all of which are world-wide phenomena and mass slaughter isn’t. And it must be a very strange mental illness that only falls to white conservative dudes. Go figure.
But mental illness, video games, and all the other distracting arguments fail to accomplish the goal of a mass killer. If you take guns out of equation, it solves the problem.
We are awash in guns.
Axios morning email thingie:
International research has found that U.S. mass shootings cannot be explained by a violent culture, racial divisions or mental health, the N.Y. Times’ Max Fisher and Josh Keller write in “The Interpreter” column.
- It’s simply the “astronomical number of guns.”
- “The United States has 270 million guns and had 90 mass shooters from 1966 to 2012.”
- “No other country has more than 46 million guns or 18 mass shooters” — the U.S. is way worse than the Philippines, Russia, China or India.
So we now add back to school shopping to the list of places where you might be shot:
- food festivals
- high schools
This must stop. We must vote out the gundamentalists in either party to get some gun controls in this country.