In times of tragedy, it can be all too easy to look around for something to blame. Imposing any sort of pattern on top of seemingly random violence and tragedy can help us feel that it's easier to understand, and even to accept. But, sometimes, the fact is that the world is random and cruel, and the only thing to blame is lax gun laws.
But it seems that no one has explained this to Donald Trump. In the grand tradition of misassigning blame, he's gone for an absolute classic in terms of scapegoat: violent video games.
Want to know more about his bizarre blame game? Read on.
This weekend, the USA suffered not one, but two terrorist attacks.Mass shootings have always been a worry in the U.S, but, so far, in 2019, there have been a horrific 251 shootings in just 217 days. The numbers truly speak for themselves.
On Saturday 3rd August, El Paso was the location to fall victim.There was another mass shooting in the Texas city, which ended up costing at least twenty people their lives - and with far more injured.
The location of the attack was a local Walmart.And what makes the incident all the more tragic is that fact that the store was filled with families undertaking the classic task of the back-to-school shop.
The shooter was identified as Patrick Crusius.Crusius is a white supremacist, and it's believed that he chose the location of his attack due to the high percentage of Hispanic population. He surrendered to the police and remains in custody.
But, to make matters worse, this wasn't the only tragedy that struck this weekend.Just twelve hours later, in Dayton, Ohio, another mass shooting took place in a popular nightlife district.
The shooting left nine people dead.This is in spite of the police managing to intervene under thirty seconds after the gunman fired his first shot. One of the victims was the gunman's own sister.
The shooter was twenty-four-year-old Connor Betts.His motive currently remains unclear. While these two attacks were among the closest together in U.S history, there have actually been an unbelievable four mass shooting crimes in the past seven days, with an incident in Mississipi on Tuesday, and in California on July 28th.
The death toll as a result of mass shooting this past week alone currently stands at thirty-four.To any rational mind, it seems clear that extreme legal reform is required to ensure the safety of civilians in America. And yet those in positions of power continue to shuffle their feet.
In fact, the president has not offered any sort of useful solution.Instead, he's relying on paltry words of blessing and encouragement - without ever taking steps to ensure that this can't happen again.
This hasn't gone unnoticed.
News: "Mass shooting in El Paso, Texas." Dummies in Charge: #thoughtsandprayers *Less than 24 hours later* News… https://t.co/JlbzVC9Ozh— Chad D (@Chad D)1564920429.0
Although there do seem to be some that get it.
Gilroy, California. El Paso, Texas. Dayton, Ohio. Let’s speak truth: Gun violence is a national emergency in our country.— Kamala Harris (@Kamala Harris)1565012975.0