As American as apple pie.

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/04/donald-trump-gun-violence-white-nationalist-terrorism

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.

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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.

Simple question:

God. Gospel. Guns.

Which of the above does not belong?

 

USA – the most psychopathically homicidal nation on earth?

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.

Again and again and again and….

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:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/oct/02/america-mass-shootings-gun-violence

America’s Most Dangerous Enemy.

From Sydney Morning Herald 3 October 2017

This is the number of people killed by Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

It was more than the total number of gun-related deaths in Australia in all of 2016, excluding self harm.

Here’s how many gun-related deaths there have been in the US so far in 2017, also excluding self harm.

 

The scale of the image depicting 11,681 victims (up to the date of the article) had to be portrayed on a much smaller scale to fit the page.

source article:

http://www.smh.com.au/world/heres-why-australia-will-never-understand-the-us-obsession-with-guns-20171003-gyt7ys.html

More on Trump (ii)

Referring to the weekend’s terror attack in London Trump tweeted:

“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”

Statistics Trump needs to heed:
https://www.massshootingtracker.org/data/2017

At the time of posting: 212 killed and 528 wounded in “mass shootings” in USA so far in 2017.

Compare to:

Since 9/11, six Americans have died per year at the hands, guns, and bombs of foreign-born terrorists.

Read more at

https://www.businessinsider.com/death-risk-statistics-terrorism-disease-accidents-2017-1#dDc7c2WcDEsYdC7o.99

And see some reponses to Trump’s tweets here:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jun/05/twitter-users-defend-london-mayor-against-donald-trump-taunts

In particular note the contribution from white evangelical, former vice president candidate Sarah Palin, to see how much of a lover of the truth she is.

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See original “More on Trump” here:
https://onesimusfiles.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/more-on-president-trump/

More on President Trump.

Trump’s response to London terror:
https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2017/jun/04/trump-berates-london-mayor-sadiq-khan-terror-attacks
Trump tweeted:

“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”

Dear Mr Trump – you may not like to recognise the fact – but you regularly lose more Americans per year in the USA through (non-terrorist) mass shootings than the total number of terrorist casualties across the whole of the western world during the last decade.