When Will These Shootings Stop?!
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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It is with heavy heart and sadness that this post is composed. Over the weekend, two mass shootings ( shooting in El Paso, TX, resulted in 22 deaths and shooting in Dayton, OH, resulted in 9 deaths, within 13 hours of one another), totaling 31 deaths and many injured, alarmed all of us throughout various corners of our nation. With shock and dismay, we all tried to figure out the cause of these senseless killings and how we might be able to prevent them from ever occurring again.
The mass shooter of El Paso was unemployed and inspired by white nationalist ideology and posted an online manifesto containing anti-immigrant and anti-Mexican rhetoric . The mass shooter of Dayton had a history of obsession with violent ideology.
The police officers at El Paso and Dayton responded at such amazing speed and deserve commendations.
Below, are videos gathered concerning discussions about these two shootings and other shootings, for your perusal:
In May, 2019, during a Trump rally, an audience member at a Donald Trump rally in Florida yelled ‘shoot them’ in reference to migrants at the border. Trump had asked the crowd: ‘How do you stop these people?’ After laughing at the response, he added: ‘Only in the panhandle can you get away with that statement’ in the video “Trump laughs after audience member suggests shooting migrants“, below:
It would have been far more appropriate for Trump to immediately denounce those who called out “shoot them”.
Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, joins Morning Joe to discuss the mass shooting over the weekend in El Paso, the president’s rhetoric and why she says his words have consequences and why she says the president is not welcome in El Paso, in the video “President Donald Trump Should Not Come To El Paso, Says Congresswoman, Morning Joe, MSNBC“, below:
Former President Barack Obama released a pointed statement condemning “language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders” that “normalizes racist sentiments.” The statement, which did not directly name President Donald Trump, follows two mass shootings in the US in the span of 13 hours — one of which involved a white supremacist suspect. “We should soundly reject language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders that feeds a climate of fear and hatred or normalizes racist sentiments; leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life, or refer to other people as sub-human, or imply that America belongs to just one certain type of people,” Obama said. “It’s time for the overwhelming majority of Americans of goodwill, of every race and faith and political party, to say as much — clearly and unequivocally,” he added, in the video “Obama urges Americans to reject racist language from top“, below:
Former President Obama speaks out on the two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio with a rebuke of President Trump. Trump delivered a speech condemning ‘racist hate’ but avoided any mention of his own rhetoric and says he is open to ‘bipartisan solutions’ to stem shootings, but does not address gun control, in the video “Obama On Shootings: Leaders Must Not Normalize Hate, The Beat With Ari Melber, MSNBC“, below:
About one and half year ago, after a school shooting, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand discusses her frustration with her colleagues in Congress and their inability to take action after yet another mass shooting in a school, in the video “Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand:’The NRA Has A Chokehold On Congress‘”, below:
Rep. Al Green called it about 3 weeks ago: For the first time since Democrats took control of the House, a bill to impeach President Trump reached the house floor. Speaker Pelosi leading Democrats to squash the effort with less than half the caucus voting to even move towards a bill launching an impeachment probe of President Trump. Rep. Al Green warns ‘blood of somebody on our hands” if Trump not impeached now, in the video “‘Blood Of Somebody On Our Hands’: Trump Impeachment Hits House, The Beat With Ari Melber, MSNBC“, below:
2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke discusses the shooting in El Paso, Texas, and President Trump’s rhetoric towards immigrants, in the video “O’Rourke to Trump: Don’t come to El Paso“, below:
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) reacts to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio — two shootings that occurred within 13 hours of each other, in the video “Cory Booker: Donald Trump is responsible for this“, below:
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, addresses the El Paso Shooting as part of MSNBC’s continuing coverage with Joy Reid, saying, ‘Now America is under attack from domestic white nationalist terror.’» Subscribe to MSNBC, in the video “Buttigieg Warns ‘U.S. Under Attack From Domestic White Nationalist Terror’, MSNBC” below:
Trump’s condemnation of white supremacy stands in contrast with his words from last March, when he downplayed the problem to reporters in the White House. Senator Kamala Harris says, “People are dying everyday in America … We have babies who have been orphaned in El Paso. You look at what happened Dayton, and Gilroy, California.” in the video “Senator Kamala Harris On Gun Violence: People Are Dying Everyday In America, Hardball, MSNBC“, below:
Andrew Yang answers a question about mass shootings, in the video “Andrew Yang on Mass Shootings And Mental Health (April 7, 2019)“, below:
Please share this beautiful video with family and friends, in the video “AMERICA WAKE UP: Calling all #YangGang and Every American“, below:
Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) excoriates President Trump and Sen. Mitch McConnell following two shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in the video “Rep. Ryan: McConnell needs to get off his ass and do something“, below:
With Americans once again crying out for sensible gun control legislation, leaders like Mitch McConnell are standing firmly in the way of changes that could save lives, in the video “America’s Gun Culture Is Melting Down“, below:
Trevor takes a closer look at the roles that anti-immigrant rhetoric, violent video games, internet hate groups and mental illness play in the U.S.’s gun violence epidemic – and, of course, the guns themselves, in the video “What Causes Mass Shootings? The Daily Show“, below:
Texas Congressman Will Hurd, the only African-American Republican in the House of Representatives, discusses the mass shooting in El Paso and his decision to not seek reelection, in the video “Will Hurd, retiring Republican, says El Paso massacre is “white nationalism terrorism“, below:
Susan Page, Amy Walter, Jeffrey Goldberg and David Nakamura discuss what action will follow the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio and the consequences of inflammatory rhetoric, in the video “Will Congress take action on gun laws after the weekend’s mass shootings?“, below:
In essence, during this very emotional time for all of us, let’s consider these suggestions from various sources:
- universal background check for all gun owners (write/call/text your senators in support of the bill for universal background check)
- banning of assault weapons (write/call/text your senators in support of a bill for universal background check)
- all Americans join NRA and influence future decisions of NRA
- restricting people with mental health from gun ownership
- electing leaders and officials who would not incite racial tensions or violent behavior
- helping Americans to realize that the unemployment issue is mainly caused by automation/robotics rather than immigrants or migrants
- do not mention the names of the shooters
- it is important for our nation to have balanced ideas from both the moderate left and the moderate right and call out any extremist groups
You may also be interested in these posts below:
- The Kind Of Leadership We Need In A Time Like This
- We Need: Universal Background Checks, Federal Assault Weapons Ban In Addition To Red Flag Law (aka: Risk Protection Orders in Florida)
- Amnesty International Issues Travel Warning For The U.S. Due To Rampant Gun Violence
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker More about the community at www.WindermereSun.com
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