Tuesday’s Shooting In Oregon Is The 74th School Shooting In America Since Sandy Hook

Troutdale shooting

 

Another day, another school shooting in America. On Tuesday morning, news hit that a gunman entered a school in Troutdale, OR, a suburb of Portland, and opened fire, killing one student. The gunman was also found dead, per Troutdale police. Information is still pending on the identity of the shooter and whether or not he was killed in a shootout with police. This incident marks the 74th school shooting that has occurred since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. On December 14th, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered 26 people at the school, after having killed his mother earlier, before taking his own life.

In the aftermath of Sandy Hook, the President promised action, and stated that he would push for common sense gun laws to be passed by Congress. Of course, as we all know, nothing got done, because Republicans in Congress are not going to cross the NRA. Therefore, outside of some executive orders, President Obama had his hands tied. Meanwhile, we’ve not only seen the continuation of school shootings, we’ve seen an increase in their frequency, which is embarrassing and tragic. At the same time, we’ve seen conservative legislatures in states across this nation push for relaxed restrictions on local and state gun laws, pushed forth by the NRA and the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC.

Now, we are at the convergence of complete and utter insanity in this nation when it comes to guns. With no ability to pass any type of meaningful legislation at the federal level due to Republicans in both the House and Senate, as well as a handful of red state Democrats concerned about their NRA ratings, the NRA and ALEC have been emboldened to shoot for the moon in terms of creating a Wild West mindset in this country. Stand Your Ground laws are now converging with Open Carry laws, which will inevitably lead to showdowns on the street and idiotic shootings, all because one person holding a gun out in the open will pass by another gun nut, leading to one claiming that they needed to ‘stand their ground’ and shoot the other due to fear.

While dealing with the combined insanity of SYG and Open Carry, we’ve also seen access to guns and ammunition increase across the nation. Once again, this is a construct of NRA and ALEC, all for the benefit of gun and ammo manufacturers. Gun owners need to be able to buy more and more guns, and have access to more ammo than a military base, all so they can exercise their 2nd Amendment rights and protect them and their own. The NRA lobbied to make sure that the Center for Disease Control receives no funding to study gun violence. Obviously, it’s because they need to make sure that nobody has the faintest clue about the damage being caused by the laws being passed allowing for more unfettered access to firearms.

The fact is, the NRA has created, and is now appealing directly to, a fringe element of gun fetishists whose entire lives revolve around guns, ammo and making sure nobody takes away their freedom. These people tend to believe they are the ‘good guys with guns’ and they’ll stop the ‘bad guys with guns.’ Inevitably, though, many of these people tend to turn out to be the bad guys with guns, killing people with no guns. In today’s America, the percentage of households with guns is near an all-time low. A 2012 General Social Survey poll showed that only 34% of homes had a gun, down from over 50% in the 1970s. Yet, it is estimated we now have as many guns as people in this nation. Basically, if you own a gun, you likely own several.

Therefore, what we have here is a country where the majority of the population has no real use for guns and does not want them in their homes. However, because there is an industry which is seeing huge profits from the sale of guns and ammo to a minority of the population, it is imperative for the NRA to make sure that this group of people has the ability to continue to arm themselves to the teeth in the name of the Constitution and freedom, consequences be damned. Thus, the increased frequency of mass shootings, killings in public places and a general air of fear is a small price to pay for unregulated, rampant capitalism. Isn’t that the American way, after all?

 

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31 Replies to “Tuesday’s Shooting In Oregon Is The 74th School Shooting In America Since Sandy Hook”

  1. That’s 74 too many shootings. It’s time for the people who have children going to these schools, demand that their GOP/teabagger politician choose sensible gun control. Give them a choice it’s you either represent me or the NRA, you can’t have it both way.

  2. I was watching this unfold this morning and the reporters were talking to some school official. The guy was saying that things went well due to the previous school shooter drills that the school had done in the past.

    I sat there with such a sick feeling in my stomach. When I was a kid we had a fire drill now and then. Maybe a tornado drill once a year. We never really thought that there would be a fire or a tornado so it mostly a chance to go outside.

    What does it say about our society when a child has to go to school and go through school shooter preparedness drills. Especially knowing that it’s not just a chance to go outside, it’s an excercize to stay alive and a very real possibility.

    I realize that the tea nuts don’t give a damn. If they had their way all children would be home schooled, which in their world is the equivalent of the blind leading the blind.

    We, as a country, we as voters need to get anybody out of office that refuse to address this situation now.

  3. 74; I guess the news media has been hiding some of those shootings. Is there a list somewhere that details these shootings? It is not the TEA Party, it is the Constitution. Amend it if you dare.

  4. I was going to post much the same thing, Huckleberry, except substitute air raid for tornado (yeah, I’m showing my age).

    The NRA showed their position after Sandy Hook. Ditto the retraction after their original statement concerning Open Carry.

    Well written piece, Justin!

  5. Map: There have been at least 74 shootings in schools since Newtown
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/06/10/map-at-least-74-school-shootings-since-newtown/

    Now for normal people the school year are 2013 to 2014 and you tend too forget the first part of the only amendment you think you know

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

    So what well regulated militia do you belong to for the security of a free state?

  6. @labrat, I must be getting old too, I forgot about the air raids when the commies were going to nuke us. Did they have you get under your desk? They did for us, like that was gonna do some good.

  7. So here we go blaming guns again. Are we looking at the mental issues or poor parenting? I think poor parenting is to blame mostly. So there have been two stabbings blamed on slenderman, are we calling for kitchen knife control? Guns should be secured inside the house and only handled by kids when there is responsible adult supervision. This is just my opinion.

  8. I’m going to be as nice as I can about this, but we’ll see. All you people want your right to bear arms, blah, blah ,blah. Real patriots, yet how many of you have ever put on a uniform? Not many I know that. Have you ever had to pull a trigger in battle knowing that you are killing people? Do you know what it feels like in your gut? Do you even have the heart to do it? I doubt it.

    Do you want to know why you have that love for your gun? Because it represents everything you are not. False bravado. You spout out, “..if you dare”. Are you serious? A real man doesn’t have to strap a gun on his shoulder to be secure.

    Think about it.

  9. Guns should be secured inside the house and only handled by kids when there is responsible adult supervision.
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    Totally agree. I wish the NRA would come out against open carry laws. What say you?

  10. @ djchefron

    I believe we as Americans have the right to defend ourselves. I am not offended by open carry personally, but I know it may frighten other persons. I prefer concealed carry so the criminals do not know who is carrying as well as respect for my fellow citizens. I also think better training should be offered and required for carry permits. Believe me I have worked in some pretty bad areas all over the U.S. and have been glad to be prepared. I have also been taught responsibility, respect for others, and some military training as well.

  11. I am a liberal gun owner with a concealed carry permit – one of the “good guys”. The right to own and carry just affords us the right to have the tools for defending against violent attack. The real right is the human right of self-defense. With that being said common sense laws like universal background checks and child access protection laws in NO WAY infringe on the right to own and carry. There are those fringe leftists that would deny the feminist woman the right to defend herself against the 200 Lb rapist just like there are right wing extremists that want no laws whatsoever. Lets have some common sense here people! I don’t hear anyone on the right whining about having to have strict fingerprint based checks to get their CCW permits. What wrong with a NICS insta-check with full mental health reporting to buy all firearms?

  12. Nothing is wrong with what you said. My personal beliefs are I wish there were no weapons other than if you hunt but being pragmatic I know that will never happen. I just wish we had some sensible regulations but as a responsible gun owner unless you and others like you make your voices heard, with more mass shootings your worst nightmare about ownership will come true

  13. djchefron – Actually the NRA did admonish open carry of long arms in Texas. These nutjobs were carrying military style semi-autos into restaurants scaring families. I am not an open carry person, but no one notices a small holster pistol on the hip. This is just plain insane: https://news.yahoo.com/nra-calls-open-carry-rallies-142822502.html

    There is a great alternative to the NRA: http://www.theliberalgunclub.com/

    An article about liberal gun owners: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Liberals-find-comfort-level-in-NPR-of-gun-clubs-5107330.php

  14. The NRA has blood on it’s hands Pure and Simple!!! But like vampires they crave blood and the blood they get is the blood of innocent children.

  15. Sally, I agree 100%. Child access protection laws, universal background checks, and laws that actually do someting need to be enacted. Until then my wife and myself will continue to carry (legally licensed of course) to protect us from the (gun nuts” out there!

  16. A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

    It doesn’t need to be changed but it is obvious it is not being applied correctly as I don’t see well regulated militia but a rather broad interpretation.

  17. Time for the USA to face up to the horrible mess they have allowed their country to get into. Their President is valiantly leading the way with the international arms treaty, and it is up to the people to put pressure on the Senate to make sure it passes through. Simultaneously, they need to start on cleaning up their own back yard. This is not a case of their right to bear arms under the 2nd amendment at all, but a case of basic human rights and children’s rights as outlined in international charters on human rights, to which the US is a signatory. The human rights issue overrides the 2nd amendment issue, no question about it. People, particularly children, have a right to feel safe in their place of work, schooling, when walking the streets, in public buildings or in their homes. In the case of Newtown, there can be do doubt that the mental health authorities and current system plus Nancy Lanza’s ridiculous and irresponsible attitude to letting Adam carry 3 of her guns

  18. at the time she was extremely worried about his mental health, were the primary causes for these fatalities. However, his father is not exempt from blame. I have seen a picture on the Internet of Adam Lanza at one year of age or possibly younger, playing with a real gun, surrounded by an arsenal of weapons. His Dad now says he wishes he had never been born. I am sure Adam also wishes this now, in retrospect, that he had never been born, certainly not into that family. They, the crazy gun culture of America to which they ascribed and contributed, combined with the absence of tight gun laws in the USA are entirely responsible for this incredibly cruel tragedy. There is no psychological test that can adequately safeguard the community against such a crazed gunman, and no way of knowing when they will strike, where, or at whom. The only answer is to ban the guns out of the hands of the general populace, especially heavyweight military hardware, for whom such guns were not designed

  19. in the first place. An ultra right wing agenda, the Preppers movement, idolization of neo-Nazi Anders Breivik and economist Ron Paul were among the key elements that also need to be addressed in relation to the the Newtown shootings. Time for a serious re-education program in the schools and universities. Ethics, morals and community responsibility need to be addressed in a big way in regard to combating the damage being done in the homes by some parents. A time for a national symposium too on mental health, particularly as regards gene mutation for Fragile X Syndrome accompanied by Autism, and the current treatments being metred out to patients. There may be a need for a closer look at how administration of drugs is monitored and by whom.

  20. It is time for the USA to face up to the horrible mess they have allowed their country to get into. Their President is valiantly leading the way with the international arms treaty, and it is up to the people to put pressure on the Senate to make sure it passes through. Simultaneously, they need to start on cleaning up their own back yard. This is not a case of their right to bear arms under the 2nd amendment at all, but a case of basic human rights and children’s rights as outlined in international charters on human rights, to which the US is a signatory. The human rights issue overrides the 2nd amendment issue, no question about it. People, particularly children, have a right to feel safe in their place of work, schooling, when walking the streets, in public buildings or in their homes. In the case of Newtown, there can be do doubt that the mental health authorities and current system plus Nancy Lanza’s ridiculous and irresponsible attitude to letting Adam carry 3 of her guns

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