At a sheriff’s convention in the nation’s capital yesterday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered a paltry solution for school shootings like the one that killed 17 people on Wednesday in Florida . . . stronger enforcement of existing gun laws.
I think effective enforcement of our gun laws, focusing on criminals and dangerous people, mentally ill people that have been — where we have the legal ability to do so — can reduce violence in our communities and improve public safety . . . It is not good if we got gun laws that say criminals can’t carry guns and they never get enforced. So we intend to enforce our laws.
In fact, his own boss, Donald Trump, signed an executive order last year making it easier, not harder, for mentally ill people to buy weapons.
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Like the rest of the Republican Party, Sessions will do anything to avoid upsetting his NRA overlords, who don’t want a little thing like our children’s lives to stand in the way of the profits they can earn from selling military-grade assault weapons to mentally ill people, terrorists, and domestic abusers.
The existing laws are insufficient to prevent the accelerating number of mass shootings America experiences, in stark contrast to the rest of the developed world.
The existing laws were enforced, yet did nothing to stop this deranged, white nationalist domestic abuser from acquiring the artillery he needed to massacre 14 innocent children and three brave teachers.
Even though FOX News and Republicans try to exploit gun massacres to sell still more guns to the American populous, evidence shows more guns would not have prevented Wednesday’s tragedy, no others like it.
Marjorie Stoneman High School had an armed guard, but most armed guards do not want to bum rush a person firing off automatic rounds with a military murder weapon.
In his speech, Sessions incongruously blamed gangs for school shootings:
When parents once again go to sleep fearful that their kids will not be safe, even when they go to school — parents have told me in gang-infested neighborhoods that children can no longer stand at the bus stop by themselves, they take turns, parents do, of being out there every morning and afternoon . . . so we’ve gotta confront the problem. There’s not doubt about it.
With this red herring, Sessions was doing anything but confronting the real problem. Parkland is a very safe neighborhood, not gang-infested at all, and the shooter did not belong to a gang.
He did, however, belong to a white nationalist group, the likes of which Sessions often fails to include in his assessment of domestic terror threats, despite the fact that white nationalist terror incidents far outnumber those committed by the Muslims and undocumented immigrants Sessions and Trump so often scapegoat.
Sessions and his party keep avoiding the real cause of mass murders — a toxic cocktail of easy access to guns, the radicalization of young white men, and domestic abuse.
As a nation, we must first ban assault weapons and stop high-risk populations from accessing guns at all.
Then we must address the American soul sickness that engenders shooters.