When do we act? How many more must die?

san bernardino 2This is The Monday Line (on Thursday)
by Denis G. Campbell

For those scoring at home, we’ve had one mass shooting per day, every day in the USA this calendar year. According to the Mass Shooting Tracker wiki, 447 people were killed (before yesterday’s 14 in the San Bernardino tragedy (which was preceded days earlier by the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood attack). More than 1,300 were injured in these mass shootings. The wiki define a mass shooting as four or more shooting victims in one incident. And these numbers exclude the thousands of individual shooting incidents.

As expected, politicians retreated to their talking points.

The GOP shook their heads, said ‘let us pray’ and blamed the left and mental health instead of weapons.

The Democrats called for tighter gun purchase controls.

Not one piece of legislation is being drafted for consideration for even the simple things EVERYONE except the NRA overwhelmingly agree upon: better registration, stricter background checks and closing the ‘gun-show’ purchase loophole.

The USA will not even consider, even in the wake of Paris where the gunman fled to Syria, restricting the purchase of firearms by people on the terrorist no-fly watch list. We think you are a travel risk, but hey, go buy yourself as many Kalashnikov semi-automatic rifles and bullets as you want!

san bernardino 3Both parties are right and no one is doing anything.

Congress should be sued by victims for malpractice, except… they can’t be. Nor can they go after gun manufacturers. If you are killed because of a faulty automobile, your family can file suit against the automaker. Killed by a gun, the manufacturer is shielded from liability. No one is ever held responsible except the shooter if he/she lives through the attack.

Why?

The lunatics running this asylum are the usual suspects from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Armed with bucket loads of money, power and lobbying muscle, they have stopped everyone from the 26 Sandy Hook school shooting families to the victims of every mass shooting since by threatening lawmakers that they will either cut off the money teat, negatively rate them or find a pro-gun candidate they can control to primary against you.

The second amendment to the US Constitution says:

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

This was ratified on 15 December 1791.

Note the date. In that time, the weapon of choice was the single shot musket. Here is what San Benardino should have looked like:

So when will we stop the insanity? When will lawmakers listen and act. When will the NRA be brought to account for their role in creating this horrific environment?

When indeed.

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Denis G Campbell
Denis G. Campbell is founder and editor of UK Progressive magazine and co-host of The Three Muckrakers podcast. He is the author of 7 books and provides Americas, EU and Middle Eastern commentary to the BBC, itv, Al Jazeera English, CNN, CRI, MSNBC and others. He is CEO of Monknash Media and a principal with B2E Consulting in London. You can follow him on Twitter @UKProgressive and on Facebook.

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