There have been 18 mass shootings in the US so far just this year where a mass shooting is defined as one in which at least four people are shot, including survivors. This does not include the at least 60 shootings that left three people dead but don’t technically count as mass shootings. If those are included, we have at least three such shootings per week, a horrifying statistic.
After the recent wake of mass shootings, there seems to be a sense of desperation among those politicians who are subservient to the NRA about how to deflect attention away from the obvious problem, that “It’s the guns, stupid!” Their previous attempts at deflection, such as stationing armed guards have failed repeatedly and now they are flailing away by suggesting even more outlandish solutions.
One of the most idiotic is to suggest that schools have just one door that is heavily guarded. Don’t they stop to think before they speak? No fire marshal would ever allow such a thing because we have had numerous tragedies where people inside a building which had just one exit were crushed in the stampede to get out when a fire broke out. If such a plan were implemented, then a mass murderer would not even need an assault weapon. All they would have to do is create a small fire or set off a smoke bomb, trigger the fire alarm, and watch as people get killed trying to get out
The Daily Show‘s Michael Kosta went out in New York City’s Times Square to ask tourists from overseas how their countries solved their door problem, since they do not have the shootings that we routinely see.
Below is a screen shot I took from Kosta’s piece.
As usual, editorial cartoonists have the most succinct take on events.