Paralysis over mass
shootings lays bare
power of big money
President Obama is frustrated and angry with his powerlessness over gun safety reform.
The paralysis of America in the face of an epidemic of mass shootings is shameful and disgraceful.
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It was best captured by the president in his reaction to the latest tragedy, Thursday’s fatal shooting at a community college in Oregon.
Here was the most powerful leader in the world expressing frustration and anger at his inability to do anything more than offer sympathy for the victims.
Those who do have the power – the members of Congress – are so thoroughly in hock to the gun lobby and other vested interests their response was perfectly encapsulated by Jeb Bush’s “stuff happens” comment.
The US can and must do better if it wants to continue being considered a “civilized” nation.
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