Trump has spent the past month stoking racial resentments, tweeting that four US congresswomen of colour should “go back” to their countries, holding a rally where the crowd chanted “send her back!” and deriding the majority African American district that contains part of Baltimore as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess”.
Inflammatory words matter in a country that has more guns than people. Tragically, shootings have become as American as apple pie. Dayton was the 22nd mass killing in America this year, according to an AP/USA Today/Northeastern University mass murder database, which tracks all attacks involving four or more people killed.
I’m not sure where this cartoon came from. I saw it on ABC’s News Breakfast this morning. I found a copy online, but could find no information about where it had been published.
Why do I post this?
Because I’ve seen far too many American “evangelical Christians” who have too great a love for their guns and their “right” to bear arms. And far too many Christians who see Trump as a saviour figure.
God. Gospel. Guns.
Which of the above does not belong?
Trump’s Plan to Arm Teachers is Really the Answer…
A mother has revealed a series of terrifying text messages her daughter sent while hiding in a classroom after a teacher opened fire on campus.
(DALTON, Ga.) — When a north Georgia high school teacher was charged this week with firing a gunshot from inside a barricaded classroom and setting off a frantic lockdown and evacuation, it was not his first troubling encounter with police.
The USA is clearly the most homicidally psychopathic nation in the “developed” world – if not the whole world.
At least that’s the case if the US President, a large number of Republican politicians, and the NRA are correct.
What other conclusion could be drawn if the never ending string of US gun massacres is the result of mental health issues and not guns?
Is mental health really the reason the USA has a regularity of mass shootings not experienced elsewhere in the developed world?
If we rule out the gun fetishism that makes American gun ownership and availability far exceed any other “developed” nation, and if we accept the frequent claim that mental health issues and not guns are the cause of these mass shootings – what does that say about the mental health of Americans in comparison to the mental health of those everywhere else
Maybe American political authorities should consider the clear implication of their claims before diagnosing their nation.
And maybe the general population should consider the mental health of their politicians – at least of those who continue to kowtow to the gun lobby while the gun massacres continue to kill and maim their sons and daughters, husbands and wives.
No other developed nation comes close to the rate of US gun violence. Americans own an estimated 265m guns, more than one gun for every adult.
Data from the Gun Violence Archive reveals there is a mass shooting – defined as four or more people shot in one incident, not including the shooter – every nine out of 10 days on average
From the article article here:
Hours after the worst massacre at a place of worship in American history, the Texas Attorney General did the unthinkable…[urging] more people to bring guns to church
members of Congress and statehouses on both sides of the aisle and across the country have proved themselves to be delusional cowards. Either they act like nothing can be done to stop gun violence, or they pretend guns make America safer.
Donald Trump is right. This is a mental health problem at the highest level, and our leaders need urgent treatment.