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After Two More Mass Shootings, the Debate Is Raging

After Two More Mass Shootings, the Debate Is Raging
People visit a memorial in the Oregon District, where a mass shooting early Sunday morning left nine dead and 27 wounded, on August 07, 2019 in Dayton, Ohio. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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On a recent visit to Newtown, Connecticut, site of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting where 26 died, I went to Ground Zero, said a prayer, and wondered if we’ll ever have the courage to tackle the real causes for these mass killings.

Sadly, the answer is no. And it’s because you can’t solve a problem until you know what the problem is.

After two more mass shootings, debate is raging. Unfortunately, many are arguing the wrong things. Time to set the record straight.

These shootings won’t stop until we figure out why they are occurring now, when they were virtually nonexistent until Columbine in 1999 (and that massacre occurred while assault weapons were banned). That fact needs to be re-read by the “banning-guns-is-a-panacea” crowd, because many are incapable of acknowledging such a fundamental truth.

So what’s changed? This author already covered that in a three-part analysis of why our culture has shifted so radically. (Links here and here).

The Sandy Hook and Orlando nightclub massacres (and many others) occurred under President Obama’s watch. Yet virtually no one blamed him (nor should they have) even though Democrats controlled Congress and the White House between 2008 and 2010. They could have passed restrictive gun control measures, but didn’t. But it’s patently ridiculous to politicize mass shootings and blame political parties. We can argue about what politicians should have done differently, but they aren’t the killers, and they aren’t responsible.

Similarly, gun manufacturers should not be held liable, even though preposterous lawsuits against them remain in the courts. Under that rationale, beer companies should be sued when someone dies due to drunk driving.

Above all, it is unforgivable that politicians have directly blamed President Trump. Their “justification” is that Mr. Trump is “racist,” and his “hatred” made the shooters do it. That’s despicable.

Mr. Trump’s words in no way make him responsible for the murderers’ actions, nor do they amount to “pulling the trigger,” as many have stated on social media. Yet some presidential candidates are making such statements, perhaps thinking that politicizing shootings will lift their dismal poll numbers. Blaming anyone but the shooter gives that criminal a free pass, because it is stating that he is not solely responsible for his actions.

Ironically, blaming anyone other than the shooters themselves (whose names this column will never mention, since recognition is what they most crave) has, in part, led to the rise of mass murderers. Our failure to hold people accountable, from sports to school, and work to home, is partially responsible for these unspeakable events.

If you wish to dislike the president, then vote against him. But have the decency not to blame him for a criminal’s heinous action. The victims, and their families, deserve no less.

And let’s stop the attack-du-jour that the president is a “white nationalist,” and that white nationalists are killing because of their allegiance to him. Such arguments are absurd.

The El Paso shooter admitted ill-will toward immigrants long before Mr. Trump became president. The Dayton shooter killed his own (white) sister, and also supported Senator Elizabeth Warren. Case closed.

And what about the Virginia Beach massacre, the second-deadliest of 2019? That wasn’t a white nationalist, since the killer was black. And how to explain the other shootings by non-whites before Mr. Trump, such as Orlando, San Bernardino, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, and many others?

Any media entity reporting mass shootings as “white terrorism” should be shamed, because: 1) they don’t do likewise when it is a black shooter, which feeds into a toxic double-standard culture, and 2) domestic terrorism shouldn’t be defined by skin color. Law enforcement should investigate every terrorist and criminal act with equal gusto. To single out one group to fulfil a race-driven agenda is nefarious, and callously prioritizes politics over victims’ lives.

Speaking of hypocrisy, where was the outcry of “black nationalism” after a black shooter killed five Dallas police officers in 2016 because of his perception that white cops were racist? Nonexistent. And a pass was given to Kalyn Chapman James, the first black Miss Alabama (crowned in 1993), who was quoted in USA Today as saying that the Dallas shooter was a “martyr,” and “I don’t feel sad for the officers who lost their lives.”

Not surprisingly, few are talking about the other mass shooting: 55 shot in Chicago last weekend, so many that a hospital closed its ER. These mass shootings occur every week, and while not singular events, the carnage is staggeringly high.

It’s time we solve the real problems.

Part Two of this aricle series will look at how proposed “solutions” amount to feel-good rhetoric.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris FreindClick Here Now.

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