America has gone trigger happy with gun insanity — the NRA is a mass-murderer’s cult:
Of course, statistically having a gun in the home actually makes you less safe especially if you have children or teens https://t.co/MywGVM0jdc
— Molly Jong-Fast? (@MollyJongFast) May 10, 2021
Over the Mother’s Day weekend there were plenty of gunplay to keep firearm aficionados gleefully occupied — per NPR this morning: ‘We’re just 18 weeks into 2021, and already the U.S. has experienced 194 mass shootings. That averages out to about 10 a week.‘
There were 11 shootings yesterday alone. (The NPR link has the list if you so need).
And to start-off Mother’s Day — from The Washington Post yesterday afternoon:
Six people are dead after a gunman entered a birthday party and began shooting inside a mobile home in Colorado Springs before killing himself during the early-morning hours of Mother’s Day, police announced Sunday.
The mass shooting unfolded around midnight Sunday at the Canterbury Mobile Home Park, about eight miles outside downtown Colorado Springs, police said.
The gunman, who authorities said was the boyfriend of one of the female victims, has not been publicly identified.
The Colorado Springs Police Department said in a news release that the man “drove to the residence, walked inside and began shooting people at the party before taking his own life.”
The shooter’s motive is still being investigated, police said, and the type of firearm used was not specified.
The Mother’s Day mass shooting in Colorado’s second-biggest city was the latest in a grim litany of rampages that have rocked places like Atlanta and Indianapolis this spring.
The shooting comes less than two months after the state was rocked by a gun attack at a King Soopers supermarket in Boulder that left 10 dead.
And for that NRA mom:
“Today we find ourselves mourning the loss of lives and praying solemnly for those who were injured and those who lost family members in a senseless act of violence on Sunday morning,” the mayor said in a news release.
Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement that the authorities who responded were “all left incredibly shaken” by what they saw at the mobile home.
“Words fall short to describe the tragedy that took place this morning,” he said.
“This is something you hope never happens in your own community, in the place that you call home.”
And what makes this even-more crazy is that reportedly these people who shoot other people are mostly-not ‘mentally ill,’ but just violent assholes and the ease of getting a firearm is part of the problem — via PsychCentral this morning:
There’s been a common misconception that people with a mental health condition carry out mass shootings.
Past president administrations even suggested that monitoring people living with mental health conditions could prevent future gun violence.
Experts believe that every time someone draws the conclusion that a person with a mental health condition is to blame for a tragic event, it only adds to the stigma and deflects attention from the real issue.
Ashley McGirt, MSW, a racial trauma specialist, international speaker, and author in Seattle, Washington, explains, “Portraying those with mental illness as violent further stigmatizes mental illness. The reality is 1 in 4 of us has a mental illness. We are likely to encounter someone everyday living with a mental condition, and we are not in danger because of it.”
According to the American Psychiatric Association, less than 1-percent of gun-related deaths each year could be contributed to a person with a mental health condition. In addition, only 3-percent of violent crimes involved people with mental health conditions.
Putting the blame on people
And a stat again for the NRA mom: ‘Firearm accidents happen quite often. In 2019 they accounted for more than 1,800 shootings. As of April 2021, children caused at least 71 accidental shootings.‘
Lock and load…
(Illustration: Gutless gun-crank and asshole grifter, Wayne LaPierre, found here).