let’s speak sanely here about our insane mass murder problem. it hasn’t been real good lately. since October, there have been 3 bad episodes…..very bad…..Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs Texas and Parkland Florida. death counts were 58, 26, and 17. blood in the street. blood in the church. blood in the school. Three horrific slaughters in 5 months. thoughts, prayers, and condolences ain’t cuttin’ it. they’re obviously worthless. people want to do SOMETHING. and they want to do it NOW.
last year, researcher Mark Gius of Quinnipiac University published his study on School Shootings. it’s a sober, sensible look at this horrific problem. he writes “the only gun control measure that had a statistically significant effect on the number of school shooting victims was the assault weapons ban (which was in place from ’94-’03). When the assault weapons ban was in effect, the number of school shooting victims was 54% less than when it was not in effect.”
Gius then went on to note that “while school shootings are the most horrific of crimes, they are also a very small share of overall murders in america.” He estimates that the average annual reduction in deaths with a new ban on assault weapons would be perhaps less than 10 a year.
So, writes Tom Jacobs in the Pacific Standard, “if our goal as a society is to reduce the overall murder rate, an assault weapons ban would be highly ineffective. BUT, IF WE WANT INCREASED PROTECTION FROM PEOPLE WHO AIM TO CREATE MASS CASUALTIES IN SCHOOLS—OR CONCERT VENUES AS IN LAS VEGAS–IT COULD BE OF ENORMOUS HELP.”
to which we at JiveRadio say…….duh!
if you’re fed up and pissed off with mass massacres in this country and NOTHING being done in response, please note that the Student-inspired March for Our Lives will take place all across the country and all over the world on Saturday March 24th. the Reno event will be downtown at the City Plaza at 11:30. to find out more about marches everywhere, just go to March for Our Lives dot com. As of today, March 9th, there are 581 Marches scheduled to hit the streets on the 24th. MILLIONS of people will march for action, for sanity, for mercy, for safety in our schools. NOW!!!!! it’s time to send this message to Ryan, McConnell, Trump, and other lickspittles of the National Rifle Association. And honestly, if you’re gonna stand there with a straight face and tell me you hunt with an AR-15, then i’m gonna tell you i water my vegetable garden with a fire hose. One more time–we are NOT coming for your pistols, your rifles, your shotguns, your crossbows, your brass knuckles, and so forth. We just want to BAN the human shredding weapons of war. Period.