It's 2019, and we are living in a society where we are afraid to send our children to school in the fear of them being shot.
It seems barbaric when it's written down in black and white, doesn't it? But, sadly, this is America's reality. U.S. gun control has long been too slack, and the statistics prove it.
And it has recently come to light that, in August alone, ninety-three people were killed in mass-shootings. Yes, ninety-three people in the space of 1 month.
And if these figures don't suggest that we are experiencing a deadly crisis with gun control, I don't know know what will.
Let's begin by stating the obvious...
via: GettyWhat defines a "mass shooting?" The term "mass killings" is defined by the Justice Department as 3 or more killings in a single episode, excluding the death of a gunman.
Though there is no legal definition for the phrase "mass shootings..."It can be gathered quite loosely with the definition of a "mass killing..." because that's what it is, isn't it?
And our country has been ravaged by horrific mass shootings for decades.And why is that? Because our government seems to think that it's more important for a person to "have the right to bear arms" than it is to have the right to live safely in their community.
We even have a "Mass Shooting Tracker."
via: GettyWhen a country needs a website to keep track of its nearly-daily mass shootings, you know things need to change. The Mass Shooting Tracker is a crowd-sourced database of U.S. mass shootings, with the website defining a “mass shooting" as a single outburst of violence in which 4 or more people are shot.
The website keeps track of our country's mass shootings.
It's time for our government to wake up.
via: GettyBecause the number of thus far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group.
And the statistics for last month are simply terrifying.According to the Mass Shooting Tracker, ninety-three people were killed in mass shootings in August alone, and a further 253 were injured.
Last month saw a spike in mass shootings.
via: GettyAnd the spate of violence has left our country on edge and has only intensified the on-going debate over our gun laws.
August got off to a terrible start.
via: GettyJust 3 days into the month, twenty-two people were horrifically killed in El Paso, when a gunman stormed a local Walmart Store.
It was a blatantly racist attack against El Paso's Hispanic community.
The suspect, a white man in his twenties who was taken into custody, wrote an anti-immigrant manifesto that was posted online shortly before the attack, the authorities said.This is not to mention the fact that he wasn't instantly branded as a terrorist...
And, just 1 day following the El Paso attack, a further 9 people were killed in a completely fresh shooting.
via: GettyAnd another twenty-seven were injured when a gunman wearing a mask and body armor opened fire in a busy entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio.
Other shootings were spread out across the country.
via: GettyVarying from Chicago, Philadelphia, Kansas City, and Detroit, over twenty different cities experienced at least 1 mass shooting in August.
And the month was brought to a close in the same way that it was opened...
With one final mass shooting.
On Saturday, 7 people were fatally shot, and a further twenty-one were injured in a brazen daylight drive-by mass shooting in the West Texas cities of Midland and Odessa, as a gunman drove on the highways and streets opening fire on residents, motorists and shoppers.
When will this madness stop?
via: GettyNot any time soon, apparently.
There was a frustrated outcry by gun-control advocates across the country when it was announced that new laws will go into effect on Sunday in the Lone Star State that loosens gun restrictions.
Despite all of the violence, guns will be more readily accessible than ever before.
via: GettyThe new laws, which were signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in June, will make it easier for Texans to have guns in schools, places of worship, and foster homes, where children live and apartments. Now we have entered September, all we can do is hope for no repeats of last month's atrocities... though these new laws aren't looking promising. To learn more about the atrocious gun violence in this country, keep scrolling.