Thursday, December 3, 2015

San Bernadino: Worst Mass Shooting Since Sandy Hook

With 14 dead and 17 injured yesterday's mass shooting is the worst since Sandy Hook. How little has changed since then.

Of course, since the killers in this case appear to be Muslims, this will no doubt be an excuse to ignore gun control and focus only on the assumption this was Jihad inspired-which police at this point don't know.

You can't rule that out as this husband and wife team certainly seemed to have planned this. Yet, on the other hand it has elements of a workplace shooting of someone who is disgruntled.

Even if it is terrorism why would that mean we should ignore gun control considering that this would not have been possible if they didn't have such firearms?

Yet, while conservatives think any draconian measure is justified in the name of fighting Jihadist terrorism-though not Right wing homegrown terrorism, or the plague of mass shootings-the one thing they don't want to take from terrorists is their right to hold firearms.

Yet while yesterday was the worst mass shooting since Sandy Hook, there's a sense that it was nothing special at all. We have more mass shootings-defined as at least 4 shot-than days in the year in 2015.

Here's the sad thing. San Bernadino may now already overshadow Colorado Springs. But it was not even the only mass shooting of the day.

As President Obama said yesterday what we are seeing is without parallel.

"President Barack Obama decried a mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left at least 14 people dead and 17 wounded on Wednesday, saying there is “no parallel” to the gun violence that has plagued the United States."

“We have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world,” said Obama, who expressed his sympathies to the victims, in a CBS News interview with Norah O’Donnell that was taped as information about the situation was developing. “And there's some steps we could take, not to eliminate every one of these mass shootings, but to improve the odds that they don't happen as frequently.”

"Obama expressed frustration at the still-stalled effort to enact new gun controls. The U.S. has no-fly lists, he noted, but those same people can go anywhere in the country and purchase a firearm. “And there’s nothing that we can do stop them,” said Obama, echoing his repeated calls for Congress to pass common-sense gun safety laws and stronger background checks."

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And this is what's frustrating. On gun violence, we're not even trying.

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