Mass shootings have become disturbingly routine throughout America. Our schools—formerly deemed safe havens for youth development—have endured some of the worst of these incidents: Virginia Tech, Parkland and, of course, Sandy Hook.
On Saturday, Aug. 31, a gunman committed another mass shooting in West Texas. We all have failed these seven people who lost their lives, and we all have failed all the victims of mass shootings before them. If our government and people truly cared at all about the problem, this could have been prevented.
On Saturday, police in West Texas pulled over a motorist for failing to signal a turn. Instead of complying with the routine traffic stop, the man reportedly fired at police with an assault weapon and sped off. According to news reports, the man then began firing indiscriminately at other motorists and residents before hijacking a different vehicle and furthering the shooting spree for 20 miles through Odessa. Between the time the suspect was first confronted by police and the moment officers shot him dead in a theatre parking lot, he murdered seven innocent bystanders and wounded 22 others, including a 17-month-old girl and multiple law enforcement officers.
Polls indicate that Democrats will gain control of the U.S. Congress House and Republicans of the Senate. The 2018 midterm elections come at a time of extreme party polarization fueled by events such as the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, pipe bombs being sent to Democrats, a caravan of Hondurans making its way to the U.S. border and ongoing NAFTA reform.
The University of Connecticut tweeted out a statement this weekend stating students’ admissions decisions would not be impacted by disciplinary action by their high schools for participating in peaceful protests.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy recently entered into the multi-state coalition “States for Gun Safety,” which is dedicated to decreasing gun violence by facilitating communication between states regarding who is barred from purchasing or owning firearms as well as tracking and intercepting illegal guns.
In a time of social media and open press, there is a constant stream of information following us. Whether you’re opening Twitter or Facebook, someone you know has probably taken it upon themselves to assist in the spread of news. So why is it that we have only heard about one school shooting so far? As of Jan. 31, there have been 22 mass shootings in the United States in 2018 according to the Gun Violence Archive. The media has slowly begun to filter out shootings as more and more of them occur, especially those which have low death tolls. The last major shooting to receive the publicity it deserved was Las Vegas during which 58 people were killed. Yet nothing has been done.
On Wednesday the House of Representatives passed a bill that would allow concealed weapon carry across state lines. I would like to talk about why this excellent piece of common sense gun legislation would be passed by the Senate.