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August 15, 2016
“Boom … boom; such a beautiful sound,” intones The Donald, pointing his tiny index finger at the camera, with the full tank of insightful wisdom he has at his disposal. With the sad confluence of several untoward current trends, the current presidential campaign is taking a particularly lethal turn.
As the NRA seeks to enhance its political capital through sponsorship of Donald Trump’s cause, he cozies ever-closer up to what seems to be his lone remaining institutional supporter. (OK, I exaggerate; white supremacists, the KKK and David Duke remain squarely in The Donald’s camp.)
Into this toxic soup is mixed Trump’s endless hate fest targeting Mexicans and Muslims, his veiled threat to sick Second Amendment zealots on the life of his political opponent, and the recent gratuitous, cowardly murder of a New York City imam and his assistant. Two lives are senselessly taken. Police say that “there is no reason to believe the men were shot because they were Muslim.” But there was no robbery attempt nor any apparent motivation other than pure religious hatred, and we have a national role-model for that. A prime suspect, Oscar Morel, is now under arrest.
Months ago, we witnessed the ugliness of two Mexican-bashing bigots in Boston beating a homeless Hispanic with a pipe and urinating on his face, inspired by Trump’s malevolently demagogic venom. How do we know this? The perpetrators said so; The Donald inspired them with his “leadership.” Thank you, Mr. Trump!
Meanwhile in early August, from the dark security of his garage interior, North Carolina’s Chad Copley bravely stood his ground by fatally shooting an unarmed black youth out on the street whom Copley had gratuitously deemed a “hoodlum.” Before acting, Copley had told a 911 dispatcher, “I am locked and loaded. I’m going outside to secure my neighborhood.”
Apparently Copley never made it outside the safety of his garage. Just another law-abiding white American citizen, standing his ground from inside his closed garage, exercising his constitutionally-endowed 2nd Amendment rights! How DARE Kouren-Rodney Bernard Thomas be in a place — any place — and black at the same time. Thomas’s family has angrily dubbed Copley “George Zimmerman 2.0.”
“We’re going to do a lot better because there’s going to be a shootout,” Trump blusters about every mass shooting at home or abroad that comes across his radar screen. There is no possible debate with anybody who pollutes a policy discussion about gun control with such words. None. Revolutionary hero Thomas Paine was prescient when he declared, “To argue with a man who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.”
Trying to do so is analogous to persuading Stalin to take a softer line on his forced collectivization of agriculture in the late, unmourned Soviet Union. The only way to begin winning the GVP battles at the federal level is at the ballot box. The hour for debate has long since lapsed. “Boom … boom” goes The Donald. VOTE!
As John Cassidy recently opined in The New Yorker, Trump’s crazy talk has consequences. The consequences are playing out on the ground as his vitriol supercharges the nasty underbelly of his angry base. Regardless of our electoral outcome in November, it will take a good while to turn “Trump time” back. But we can start with our votes. VOTE!
Please help the President and Democrats up and down the ticket end America’s madness. VOTE!
Speaking of madness, in his serially racist attempts at insinuation, presidential candidate Donald Trump has raised doubts about Obama’s patriotism, suggesting that the President might secretly harbor Muslim sympathies. The Donald is just askin’. There may be something going on there. People are sayin’.
This year, American gun deaths are outstripping vehicle accident deaths. We lead the world’s advanced economies in child mortality by firearms, child-on-child mortality by shooting, mass shootings per unit of time or population, private possession of firearms, gun violence against women, homicidal shooting and suicide by firearm.
Our single-city rate of gun deaths compares with other, very violent whole countries. Our gun homicide rate is worse than Pakistan’s, far worse than Sudan’s and not much better than the Congo and Iraq. We are way ahead of the rest of the world in so many categories of gun violence measurement. We are world-beaters. We should be very proud.
The best we can do is to try to understand the roots of our mayhem, to indicate that we’re trying to understand and to strive for solution with an open mind and forgiving spirit. That said, we ask others to join us in identifying candidates for elective office who are trying to understand because too many presently in office show no such intention when partisan point-scoring occupies their attention 24/7.
In international and state-by-state comparisons, the data show convincingly that gun deaths correlate distinctly with high rates of gun ownership. That’s the fact. More guns mean more gun deaths. Arming vulnerable grandmothers with firearms puts them at greater risk for injury or death, not less.
More guns mean greater safety from gunfire, so says the gun lobby. If this isn’t willfully ignorant madness, then we cannot in our wildest dreams imagine what is.
Please consult the ETM Now News Archive for previous weekly updates.
On various websites, including Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence, the following very helpful research information is posted:
- Mass Shooting Tracker
- Preventing Gun Violence
- Gun Violence Facts
- Evidence That Background Checks Work
- Background Checks FAQ
- Interactive Map of Interstate Gun Trafficking
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