Las Vegas slaughtering, shootings in schools, houses of worship (let’s not forget Sutherland Springs, Texas and the Charleston, SC shootings) and now eleven people killed and six injured when a gunman attacked the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday. We’re told (by our President) that the greatest threat to our homeland security is immigrants and foreign born terrorists. Meanwhile, what do all these horrific events have in common? Most are by hate-filled home-grown white nationalists, with large gun collections, frequently brandishing automatic weapons for maximum slaughtering effect.
Is it a surprise that the Pittsburgh killer blames Jews for helping migrant caravan ‘invaders’? Who first pointed out the so called caravans had some “bad hombres and people of middle eastern descent?”
Apparently the gunman used an assault rifle and three handguns, among his collection of 21 registered guns. But he was not a big fan of Trump as he felt the President did not go far enough and he was surrounded by Jews. On the other hand, pipe bomber Cesar Sayoc felt that Trump’s rhetoric was just right. Our system fails to ring a bell when one person owns 21 guns?
No matter, it’s pretty clear that the political discourse in which Trump has been engaged, particularly at his Nuremberg style rallies, foments division, violence and is intended to feed the fragile ego of a demagogue.
Instead of building walls at the border, we need to build legislative walls around gun access. Will it eradicate such shootings, no, but over time it is one of the building blocks of making such incidents less likely. I’ve written dozens of times about how this can be done. I think the best summary is in this particular entry.
Win the Mid-Terms and begin to challenge the NRA. Haven’t we had enough of this?