The Real American Carnage

Whenever a mass shooting
occurs — which is to say, fairly regularly somewhere in America these
days — investigators scour for clues as to the “motive” of the gunman.

Often, as was the case in El
Paso two weeks ago, the shooter espouses some sort of political ideology,
whether it be homegrown white nationalism or foreign-based anti-Americanism.

On occasion, individuals
with mental illness are the perpetrators.

But just as often, as was
the case in the country music shooting in Las Vegas two years ago, there is no
discernible motive, other than that the shooter simply is unhappy and
frustrated with his lot in life.

That appears to have been
the situation with this past weekend’s shooting spree in Texas by a 36 year old
man who was fired from his job and who was described by his neighbor as a
loner.

In short, the shooter fit a
certain profile — a young, white male with no money, no wife or girlfriend, no
children, and no prospects.

However, each and every one
of these shootings, regardless of the perpetrator’s motive, have two things in
common: Innocent Americans are being shot while going about their daily lives

and the shooter had military-style weaponry that allowed him to kill and maim
dozens of Americans with a single pull of the trigger.

About 13,000 innocent
Americans are slaughtered by guns every year in this country. (There also are
about 26,000 suicides by guns each year).

To put that 13,000 figure
into perspective, that is almost twice the number of American soldiers who have
been killed in the entirety of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Cumulatively over the past
15 years, 7000 American soldiers lost their lives in our Mideast wars, while
200,000 innocent Americans have been killed by gunfire right here in America.
In addition to those who died, more than one million Americans have been shot
and wounded in the past 15 years.

When President Trump used
the term, “American Carnage,” in his Inaugural Address, it was not entirely
clear what he was referring to.

However, given that more
Americans are shot, killed, and maimed by guns every year on their home soil
than anywhere else in the world, our American Carnage is indeed, very real.

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The Real American Carnage

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