Protestors gathered outside the Capitol Building yesterday to give an 8 hour reading of the over 3,300 Americans that have been killed by gun violence since the Newtown massacre.
Protestors gathered outside the Capitol Building yesterday to give an 8 hour reading of the over 3,300 Americans that have been killed by gun violence since the Newtown massacre. That's right: since Adam Lanza gunned down 27 people at Sandyhook Elementary in Newtown, CT, just over that many people have been killed by guns every day since, on average. The reading of the names shows that gun violence is a regular, largely unreported (at least in the aggregate) problem, and that shooting sprees like Adam Lanza are a small percentage of the total damage. That's not to diminish what Adam Lanza did, it's to amplify the daily killings in inner cities, in random towns, in accidents and suicides.With that as backdrop, almost one third of the Senate didn't even want to have a debate on expanding background checks. Not assault weapon bans or magazine limits, both of which would save lives, and both of which are nonstarters in the Senate (and you can forget the House). Background checks do sometimes keep guns out of violent criminals and mentally ill people, but right now, anyone can buy a gun at a gun show or online, and unless they are in certain states, not have to pass any kind of check.
That the NRA and the other gun lobby clowns won't consider these basic measures, and that they control the votes of so many senators is exhibit 52,496 (I've been counting) why we need major campaign finance reform in this country.