Sorry, parties, it is also necessary politicize this one.
On Oct. 1, a gunman supposedly opened fire from a hotel opening, killing dozens at a country music concert in Las Vegas.
The massacre was shocking because of its length — at the least 58 dead and 400 injured — but, truthfully , not remarkable. According to Mass Shooting Tracker, there have already been 338 mass shootings in 2017 — a charge of more than one per date. The Las Vegas attack wasn’t even the only entry on Sunday .
Predictably, grease-gun busines lobbyists are already storming the barricades, insisting related citizens not to speak too much into it. Early Monday morning, NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch posted on Twitter to ask outraged gun control counselors to “temper[ their] longing for politics while the facts come in.”
Indeed, agnosticism is always authorized, discretion is intelligent, persistence is a morality, etc ., etc ., etc. On another context-free, history-free planet, Loesch might have a target. But we’ve been here before.
Too many times.
“Thoughts and prayers” aren’t gonna cut it. We involve action.
In retrospect Sandy Hook tagged the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.
— ((( Dan Hodges ))) (@ DPJHodges) June 19, 2015
By sheer macabre coincidence, the United States Congress is currently considering a statement that would lift restrictions on obtaining gun silencers.
The legislation, authored by California Rep. Duncan Hunter, ends the nine-month waiting times currently required to purchase “sound suppressors” and extinguishes a measure requiring customers to defer fingerprints and a photograph. Sacrificed the report out of Las Vegas, the timing could not be worse, though with a mass killing taking place at the rate of roughly once a day, it would approximately be weirder if one didn’t pass while the bill was being considered.
While the bill’s partisans differentiate it as to help hunters and target-shooters prevent hearing loss, it doesn’t take an expert to realize that, in the wrong paws, the result could be deadly. After all, it’s harder to save oneself from a mass shooting( or for law enforcement to find the shooter) if it’s harder to hear that one is taking place. In an ruling case for USA Today, Virginia Tech massacre survivor Jeff Twigg railed against the bill, insisting that he only managed to escape because he examined raucous gunshots.
Not politicizing mass shootings like Las Vegas < em> does serve a government end — it helps gun privileges absolutists pass measures like this by.
The silencer bill is proceeding with the full carry of the firearm manufacture, which is looking for new revenue streams after digesting a post-Obama reported dropped in marketings. They know it’s political, and they’re shape it so. They’re counting on the vast majority of Americans who support tighter shoot statutes shrugging, praying, and moving on.
Proponents of the measure might point to the fact the Las Vegas shooter likely utilized an automated weapon and that fully automatic artilleries made after 1986 are already illegal to own. Or that the guy possibly didn’t use a silencer. Yes, there are all sorts of reasons why stopping this specific statute has not been able to have prevented this particular shooting. Or the last specific shooting. Or the one before that or the one before that.
But no mass hitting looks accurately like the one before it.
Sorry to get government on now, but parties shouldn’t be murdered.
— Kibblesmith NYCCP4 [?][?] (@ kibblesmith) October 2, 2017
Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen employed a( legally attained) semi-automatic rifle and handgun to kill 49 and wound dozens more. Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho likewise purchased his pistols legally. Christopher Dorner, who killed four colleagues and their family members in a span of simply over a week in 2013, used a silencer to avoid spotting for daytimes.
Lax, patchy grease-gun constitutions move loopholes easier to discovery and exploit. While the silencer legislation may not map 1:1 onto the next achievement of mass veto, it does cater potential executioners another deadly option.
Mass shootings aren’t inevitable.
They are the result of picks we — and our government — prepare. It’s not a co-occurrence that countries with stricter gun ordinances have far fewer of them.
In order to stop the next one, we can’t time hope and think and cry. We have to actually try . Stopping the silencer statute is a place to start.
The Las Vegas shooting was evil. It was also political.