An editorial in the Times-Tribune today emphasized that despite the extensive media coverage for the school shootings in Sparks, NV, two additional mass shootings have occurred in the past twenty four hours across the country – read the full editorial here.
In addition to the Nevada school shootings, a man shot and killed on person and wounded two others in Las Vegas during an altercation over paying a cover charge in the Bally’s Hotel and Casino. Also, in Detroit, a 65-year-old man residing in a senior living community shot and killed two women who he believed were the procuring cause of a third woman ending a relationship with him.
The columnist stresses that despite these shootings and an exponential increase in mass shootings since 2000, congress has done nothing to try to curb the prevalence of gun violence in the United States. He writes, “Congress, which did nothing to try to dent gun violence even after the gut-wrenching murders of 20 children and six teachers at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school last December, won’t be moved by the most recent murders” and that, “Apparently, the government’s role is to [sic] not to increase safety, but to record statistics.”