Like most Americans today, I’m plainly horrified at the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton this past weekend. But if I’m being honest, it’s a tragedy to say I’m not really shocked. At this point, who is though?
With Congress doing nothing of note in each passing shooting, all Americans can hope for these days is that it’s not them the next time it happens. What can be done moving forward to cure us of this disease though, I don’t think can be solved with just one answer. It definitely can’t be solved with one simple blog post.
I wanted to offer though a few articles/sources I came across today that I found mostly agreeable, rather thought-provoking, and/or found they made an interesting point. The links below provided me valuable insight and alternative perspectives to a topic I wish we didn’t have to talk about. I hope you find them as helpful as I did.
This sickness won’t cure itself and people will continue to die as we debate what should be done – so we best get started doing something soon.
Let’s talk about how we can stop the shootings….
America is a stuck in a Groundhog Day loop of gun violence. We’ll keep waking up, stuck in the same reality of oppression, carnage, and ruined lives until we can figure out how to effect meaningful change. I’ve collected some articles here about America’s dysfunctional relationship with guns, most of which I’ve shared before. Change is possible — there are good reasons to control the ownership of guns and control has a high likelihood of success — but how will our country find the political will to make it happen?
The elements of that legislation are mostly window dressing that would do little or nothing to prevent attacks like these. The most frequently mentioned policy, “universal background checks,” is plainly irrelevant to these particular crimes, since both the El Paso shooter and the Dayton shooter purchased their weapons legally, meaning they did not have disqualifying criminal or psychiatric records. Nor do the vast majority of mass shooters, who either passed background checks or could have. Neither requiring background checks for private transfers nor creating “strong background checks,” as President Donald Trump has proposed (perhaps referring to the same policy), would make a difference in such cases.
It’s time to declare war on white-nationalist terrorism. It’s time to be as wide awake about the dangers of online racist radicalization as we are about online jihadist inspiration. And it’s time to reject the public language and rhetoric that excites and inspires racist radicals. Just as we demanded from our Muslim allies a legal and cultural response to the hate in their midst, we should demand a legal and cultural response to the terrorists from our own land.