Hair on Fire: WE CAN AND MUST END GUN MASSACRES
By Carla Feinkind
In 2018, there were 17 school shootings.
In fact, the number of U.S. students killed in school shootings this year is more than the number of U.S. military who have been killed in combat: even before May 18, when eight students were killed in Santa Fe, 18 U.S. students had been killed in school shootings in 2018, while 13 members of the American military had been killed in combat. A New York Times analysis of gun violence in schools shows that there have been 259 school shootings just since 2014, resulting in 138 deaths. This does not count injuries, nor does it consider the trauma of the survivors and their families.
The Columbine shooting in 1999 was a shock. After the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre of 20 elementary school children and 6 adults, we all thought that surely the shock and revulsion would force our politicians to grapple with the gun issue. But we were wrong.
School shootings kept adding up – and they are just the tip of the iceberg. The United States is plagued with gun violence of all kinds: mass shootings in churches, movie theaters, restaurants and concerts; daily murders in parks, on neighborhood streets, and in backyards. This does not count the overwhelming number of suicides or even accidental shootings. We have a gun problem; it’s undeniable. Yet, after each trending tragedy, politicians have offered just thoughts and prayers and declared that it was too early to politicize it. Of course, doing nothing is the political aim of the NRA and their GOP puppets.
But, then there were the PARKLAND SURVIVORS! The kids shook this country out of its stupor. They showed us that WE MUST ACT and WE CAN MAKE INROADS AGAINST THE NRA.
Since the kids entered the scene, corporations have begun to cut off the NRA. Dick’s Sporting Goods and Walmart no longer sell automatic guns. Airlines and other companies no longer give discounts to NRA members. Pop icons are mobilizing to join the kids.
Yet, less than three months after the Parkland shooting, Trump spoke at the NRA convention promising to protect gun owners’ rights, ensuring continued profits for the NRA.Today, “gun rights” is a PARTISAN issue. The NRA owns the GOP because it pours bloodied money into GOP coffers.
What can we do? Use the telephone numbers in this newsletter to call GOP and Democratic lawmakers to DEMAND NATIONAL GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION! In Chicago, where 60% of the guns are brought in from Indiana, we especially understand the need for national gun laws.
Support Democrats up and down the ballot to vote against the NRA! And then stay BUSY!
Remember: MAKE NOISE! BECAUSE WE ARE THE MANY, AND WE CAN DO THIS!