School shootings are a horrific problem in the USA. But with the NRA facing huge issues, one survivor has taken to Twitter to explain why it's something to celebrate.
David Hogg is a survivor of the horrific Parkland school shooting.
And his latest move has the NRA quaking in their boots.
The NRA fiercely defend the rights of gun owners.
via: GettySeemingly regardless of the tragic and horrifying consequences.
And one area of life that's particularly suffering?The school systems, which have been under immense pressure from shootings in the past years.
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 so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group.
And when schools are the targets of these mass shootings...
via: Getty ImagesIt doesn't seem to make a difference, at all.
By September 2019, there had already been twenty-two school shootings during the year...
via: Getty ImagesAccording to CNN, twenty-two shootings have taken place in American schools so far, with the most recent being in Alaska in July, in which a teenager was shot during a fight at the basketball court of Williwaw Elementary school.
But mass school shootings still haunt us as a nation...
via: Getty ImagesOne of the earliest recorded mass school shootings dates back to 1966, in which an engineering student at the University of Texas killed seventeen people and injured thirty-one during a shooting rampage. This was the deadliest school shooting until the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007.
The memories of the thousands lost to school shootings are cherished...
via: Getty ImagesAnd despite the efforts to keep the memories of those lost alive, there are still individuals out there who chose to disrespect the memories of these tragedies.
Columbine was another of the earliest school shooting examples.
via: Getty ImagesThe attackers also planted bombs around the campus but luckily, they failed to detonate. The Columbine shooting sadly went on to inspire many "copycats" in the future who went on to conduct even more mass shootings in schools and colleges.
Sandy Hook remains to be the deadliest mass shooting at high school grade in America.
via: Getty ImagesIt is also the fourth-deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history. On December 14th, 2012, twenty-year-old Adam Lanza went into Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut and shot and killed twenty-six people - including children aged between 6-7 years old. He had shot and killed his mother before driving to the school and committing these horrific murders.
The Stoneman Douglas high school shooting took place in February of 2018 in Florida, killing eighteen people and injuring seventeen more.
via: Getty ImagesNikolas Cruz was a nineteen-year-old expelled student who opened fire on the school with a semi-automatic rifle. In both 2016 and 2017, the sheriff's office received a number of tips about Cruz's threats to carry out a school shooting. He had previously posted on Youtube and on social media talking about his plans to conduct a mass shooting, but the authorities dismissed these tips which eventually lead to Cruz killing all of these innocent people.
People continue to live through this trauma...
via: Getty ImagesAs those in power seem to drag their feet on legislating for any sort of safer gun laws.
This month's March reportedly marked the first March without a school shooting in the United States... since 2002.
And it came damn close in March 2002. One of a handful of close calls that month: https://t.co/9dWKQmUD6r— robertklemko (@robertklemko)1586791356.0
In follow-up tweets, Klemko pointed to stats from EverytownResearch.org...
@carisb4 @juless2k “According to Wikipedia” https://t.co/2Oe3VvWYln— robertklemko (@robertklemko)1586799536.0
In a country where these incidents are all too frequent...
via: ShutterstockMany would think this is something to be celebrated.
@RobertKlemko @SarahSpain It only took a global pandemic to close all schools for that to happen...— Rob McGahen (@Rob McGahen)1586791198.0
In fact, according to reports, gun sales increased significantly during the months prior.
via: ShutterstockAccording to The Week, March came in as the second-busiest month ever for gun sales. A CNN report from late March also cited online ammunition retailer, as having picked up on ammunition sales increases of more than one-thousand percent in Colorado, 945 percent in Arizona, and 897 percent in Ohio.
Many raised the same point.
@RobertKlemko @Dorianlynskey Now I wish there was a less drastic way of achieving this other than closing all the s… https://t.co/Vq6kee3eJk— Maria (@Maria)1586792425.0
Looks like several people think this is far from something to be celebrating.
@RobertKlemko Congrats everyone! We defeated school shootings and all it took was closing every school in America.— Bentalope (@Bentalope)1586795737.0
But it currently looks as though the NRA is in trouble.
#BREAKING: I filed a lawsuit to dissolve the National Rifle Association for years of self-dealing and illegal condu… https://t.co/GZq8HddF5J— NY AG James (@NY AG James)1596728245.0
The organization is allegedly rife with corruption.And it seems Parkland survivor, David Hogg, is extremely happy to see the NRA go.
There was also this amazing response.
Sending thoughts and prayers to the @NRA...— March For Our Lives (@March For Our Lives)1596728965.0
WHich Hogg then repeated.
Sending my deepest thoughts and prayers to you for this upcoming election. https://t.co/IMRoVhokBm— David Hogg (He / Him) (@David Hogg (He / Him))1596751354.0
The NRA has allegedly been misusing charitable funds for years.
If you are an @NRA member, you shouldn’t be mad at the NY AG for following the law. You should be mad at Wayne LaPi… https://t.co/e5uIcJzNGY— Ted Lieu (@Ted Lieu)1596745451.0
And the NRA response?Well, it just seems as though most people aren't buying it.
Could this be a move in the right direction?
This morning we ran our first TV ad on Fox & Friends and Morning Joe. We’re telling those in the halls of the White… https://t.co/MUlpdeifaS— March For Our Lives (@March For Our Lives)1596715200.0