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Detore: After Thousand Oaks how many mass shootings are enough?

Detore: How many mass shootings are enough? By @danieladetore
Daniela Detore @danieladetore It’s a familiar grip. Your little finger, ring and middle all supporting on the bottom while your palms face ever so slightly inwards. Your thumbs facing straight up and falling on top, pressing down. The pads of your pointer fingers naturally shaping the far side. It’s almost too similar to holding a Gamecube or XBox controller. That’s how I imagine holding a gun feels. It’s like playing Call of Duty, or Fortnite — the subtle but rapid movement of your pointer finger on the topside of the controller. R1, every press on the key. The trigger. A bullet. That’s how easy I imagine shooting a gun to be. It’s way too much power to put in the hands of an ordinary person. The high volume of mass shootings is a tribute to how terrifyingly fast guns can fire. Approximately 90 to 120 rounds per minute for civilian-styled guns like an AR-15. An AR-15 is the most commonly used gun in mass murders. But the most common factor in mass murders is the gun itself. While we were still coming to grips with Parkland and Las Vegas, another mass-shooting last week left 12 innocent people dead in Thousand Oaks, California. It was College Country Night at the Borderline Bar & Grill. The Los Angeles Lakers were playing on the TV and people were partaking in pool and line dancing. In steps a man with a gun. The gunman, Ian D. Long, shoots the security guard on the way in,  before opening fire on the crowd. Some were locals, some were college students. And most were survivors of the Route 91 Las Vegas shooting that happened a year ago. That chilled me. I’m disturbed that a portion of American citizens are beginning to fall into rare category of survivors of mass murderers. Some people are double survivors. That is something no one should ever say. “I survived two mass murders.” Let alone one. Parkland survivors have been speaking for almost a full year about gun violence in America and all the NRA has done in response is mock the teenagers who watched 17 of their classmates and teachers die. The Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks faced off in the Staples Center on Saturday. During warm ups, all the players wore different variations of the same shirt that had all twelve names of the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting. On the front it read, ‘Enough.’ But it’s not enough. It’s never going to be enough. Not for the NRA. Doctors and physicians released a journal expressing concern about the gun related injuries that they are treating short-term, and long-term. The NRA quickly critiqued the journal- and physicians in general- on twitter saying “Someone should tell self-important anti-gun doctors to stay in their lane.” They’ve mocked teenagers. They’ve mocked doctors. They’ve mocked everyone on the other end of the barrel. The NRA has retaliated against the voices of the people saying that the guns aren’t the problem, that the people are the problem. Before we learn the answer, Americans are quickly finding themselves falling into the rare category of survivor, and now double survivor. It’s only a matter of time before the next mass shooting happens on American soil. As time ticks, the NRA is slow to reform their gun laws. Opting for the easy way out and recalling all guns would compromise the Second Amendment, which is a road the NRA is reluctant to go down. Even if it means saving the lives of hundreds, even thousands. So instead of taking any action, the question of debate still stands. Are we in need of gun control or are we in need of more psychologists? In the eyes of the NRA, the short term answer has been more guns for more protection. Because that’s exercising your second Amendment right. Right? Photo courtesy of AP News

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