Colorado Springs, Colorado, 11/27/2015,
Roseburg, Oregon, 10/01/2015
Charleston, South Carolina, 6/17/2015,
Seattle, Washington, 6/07/2014,
Isla Vista, California, 5/23/2014,
Newtown, Connecticut, 12/14/2012,
Oak Creek, Wisconsin, 8/5/2012,
Aurora, Colorado, 7/20/2012,
Seattle Washington, 5/30/2012,
Virginia Tech, 4/16/2007,
Columbine, Colorado, 4/20/1999,
New York City, the summer of 1976,
Northern California in the late 1960's and early 1970's,
and The University of Texas at Austin, 8/1/1966, where a devout Catholic Eagle Scout decorated Marine veteran gunned down 46 people, killing 15 and wounding 31.
My point is that all of the above mass murders were committed by non-Muslims. Which means that the anti-Muslim bombast of Donald Trump is not only hateful bigotry, it's stupid. If there were not one Muslim in the United States this country would still be the mass-murder capital of the world.
Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant. Source: The Mass Shooting Tracker.
How many of us are sick to death of blood baths followed by knee-jerk moments of silence by hypocritical, jelly-spined members of Congress who bow their heads in pious mock sentiment for the dead then babble on about Radical Islam and every other pretext for the culture of gun violence in this country while they quake in their shoes and bow on bent knee to the gun lobby?
When will our law-makers stop the babble, turn all those thoughts and prayers into action on sensible gun control, grow back bones and quit hiding behind the Second Amendment as cover for their fear of the NRA? Except for those who line their pockets by the sale of weapons of mass murder, is there any sane, decent American who really believes that the intent of the Founding Fathers would be defiled by a ban on the sale of assault rifles?
And in the end, what does it matter if a mass shooter is a Radical Islamic terrorist, A Radical Islamic homophobic terrorist, a white supremacist terrorist, an anti-abortion terrorist, an anti-establishment terrorist, a Sikh-hating terrorist, a wife-hating terrorist, a mother-hating terrorist, a teen-aged social outcast terrorist, or a free-floating, unassociated terrorist?
Because in the end all the meaningless babble and all the moments of silence in the universe won't bring back the dead or take away the grief of the living.