Unstoppable bloodshed, victims of different sects, races and backgrounds, different motives and perpetrators who have nothing in common, and the common factor is always the easily available weapon.. Thus the tragedy of mass shootings escalates in the United States, in which not a day passes without one or more incidents being witnessed. , whether it resulted in deaths or injuries or no injuries.
This week alone, the state of California witnessed two tragic accidents, the first was in a belly dancing club in the city of Monterey Park, Los Angeles County, which resulted in the deaths of 11 people, and the second in San Mateo County, which resulted in the deaths of seven people.
The American newspaper “The New Yorker” described the worsening of shooting incidents in the United States as an epidemic that never ends, after more than 15 people were killed in two separate incidents a few hours apart in California.
And the newspaper stated that although the month of January has not ended yet, and there is still about a week left, the United States witnessed 38 mass shootings this month, according to the Archive of Gun Violence, which monitors this type of incident, and six of them ended with the death of four people. Or more. And those incidents occurred in different parts of America, in 17 different states and the District of Columbia. The shooting at a dance club in Monterey Park, Los Angeles, which was carried out by a 72-year-old Asian man, was the deadliest.
The New Yorker said statistics from the Gun Violence Archive show that mass shootings occur in many disparities, including gang violence, domestic violence, random attacks by disturbed people, attacks on co-workers and domestic terrorism, which the FBI defines as criminal violent acts committed by Individuals or groups in order to promote ideological goals stemming from local influences, whether of a political, religious, social, racial or environmental nature.
Also, the perpetrators and victims in these incidents vary in age, race and social backgrounds, and therefore it is not possible to identify a common motive or a specific psychological explanation for such a multi-faceted phenomenon. But as CNN commentator Andrew McCabe, a former deputy director of the FBI, said, one thing links many of the deadliest shootings together: the availability of the deadliest weapons, such as the semi-automatic pistols that police say were used in Monterey Park Massacre. This is the prevalence with which the United States differs from other developed countries, where mass shootings are rare.
In light of this unavoidable fact, the newspaper says that the reaction to each new massacre is frustratingly predictable: denial and obfuscation by the gun lobby and its political arms, and a sense of despair on the part of the majority that supports stricter tightening of gun laws. In the aftermath of the Monterey Park bum last Saturday, Republicans have been arguing that states like California and Illinois have strict gun control laws, yet the violence has not stopped. This argument ignores the fact that many of the guns that have been used to kill and injure people in places like California and Illinois have been imported illegally from states with loose gun laws.
On Monday, US President Joe Biden urged Congress to pass two proposed laws to ban assault weapons and highly efficient ammunition, and to raise the age of purchasing weapons to 21 years, and called on deputies to move quickly.
Biden said, in a statement, that the majority of the American people agree with this logical measure. There is no greater responsibility than this to do everything we can to ensure the safety of our children, our communities and our countries.
And last June, Biden signed the first significant gun safety legislation to pass in Congress in three decades. The law included incentives for states to pass red notice laws, expand existing laws that prevent domestic violence offenders from owning a gun and expand background checks for 18-21-year-olds. But Congress did not pass laws related to greater restrictions on the purchase of weapons in light of the opposition of Republicans and the activity of the powerful gun lobby in pressuring lawmakers to advance their interests.
And the American “CNN” network said that firearm injuries are now the leading cause of death among people under the age of 24 in the United States, according to a study published in December 2022 in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
From 2015 through 2020, there were at least 2,070 accidental shootings of children under the age of 18 in the United States, according to a report by the organization. EveryTown. These accidents resulted in 765 deaths and 1,366 injuries.