Americans die when too many officials reject gun violence

On Sunday, four people were killed in a mass shooting in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. Have you heard of this one? Maybe not.

You may have heard about Saturday’s mass shooting in Yazoo County, Mississippi, which left one dead and six injured in a dice game. Or the shooting that left four dead Friday in Chester, Virginia. Or maybe you didn’t.

You may have heard about each of the 609 mass shootings across the country this year recorded Thursday by the Gun Violence Archive. You may know the circumstances surrounding each of the 39,708 deaths caused by gun violence this year. But it seems unlikely. We only hear about the biggest, most tragic, most gruesome death episodes.

Shooting after shooting. Dead upon dead. Endless injuries. Why aren’t all members of Congress outraged? Why aren’t judges doing everything they can to make us safer? Why don’t all local officials stand up for the lives of constituents?

How did we as a nation get to the point where only the most serious mass shootings receive mainstream attention? Maybe it’s because mass shootings are becoming so common.

On Tuesday night, at least six people were killed at a Walmart Supercenter in Chesapeake, Virginia, and four were sent to the hospital.

On Saturday, a gunman killed five people and injured 18 others at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

On November 13, a shooter killed three University of Virginia football players and wounded two others. The shooting was so tragic that there wasn’t much room to report that on the same day, a suspect shot and killed one person and wounded seven others in Omaha. Or that four people were injured in a shooting in Philadelphia.

Maybe the Americans fell asleep. There has been barely any time to recover from the horrific mass shootings in Highland Park on the Fourth of July and in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, in the spring.

Meanwhile, last weekend in Chicago, shootings killed three and wounded 17.

Do our officials take action? Let’s take a look.

In Colorado Springs, officials did not use the state’s “red flag” law to remove the shooting suspect’s guns, even though he was arrested last year after threatening violence with a bomb, ” multiple weapons” and ammunition. Could this inaction have been influenced by a county commission’s declaration that the county is a Second Amendment sanctuary?

In Virginia, the site of three of the most recent mass shootings, Gov. Glenn Youngkin has said he would not sign legislation that places limits on the Second Amendment and would consider rolling back existing gun laws.

In Texas, a judge ruled earlier this month that people under a protective order have a right to guns.

In New York, a federal judge last month blocked much of the state’s new gun safety law.

In Oregon, a county sheriff and a gun rights group filed a federal lawsuit to block a voter-approved ballot measure designed to limit gun violence.

Earlier this year, only two Republicans in the US House voted for an assault weapons ban.

As for the U.S. Supreme Court, it has been happy to overturn years of established law, making it easier for criminals and would-be mass shooters to wield powerful weapons.

Perhaps none of these officials have realized that the United States suffered 17 mass shootings across America in the two weeks of November 11-23. That’s more than one a day.

Or perhaps reports of the carnage are buried under the large political campaign donations coming from gun manufacturers, who want to sell as many guns as possible.

Yes, Congress passed legislation in June to, among other measures, improve background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, provide money to states to implement red flag laws and strengthen laws against the purchase of straw and arms trafficking. But it is not enough.

Most Americans want stricter gun laws. The only way to achieve them is to demand that all officials at all levels work to make the nation safer.

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