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December 5th, 2015 by Warren Swil

Frightening massacres

boost support for

extremist ideologues

Donald Trump’s support has surged since the latest mass shootings.

The brutal slaughter of more than a dozen innocent partygoers in our Southern California neighborhood this week was truly frightening.
Equally scary news followed on the heels of the latest random act of violence: GOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump is surging in the polls.
The two are not unrelated.
As mass shootings pile on top of each other in the US, and the pathetic US Congress remains paralyzed like a deer caught in headlights, a growing number of Americans is flocking to extremist ideologues who prattle only meaningless drivel in response to genuine public outrage.
It is embarrassing, disgraceful, indefensible.

The enormity of the calamity was brought home to me with my morning paper today.
In its first front page editorial since 1920, End the gun epidemic in America, The New York Times eloquently nailed it.

The New York Times ran this editorial on the front page – the first front-page editorial since 1920. Click image to enlarge.

“It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency,” the editorial said.
Alas, it then points out that the very day after the latest killings Congress once again showed its disdain for the people it should be protecting by voting against the most sensible of gun ownership restrictions proposed in recent memory: preventing those on terrorist watch lists from purchasing firearms.
“If you need proof that Congress is a hostage to the gun lobby, look no further than today’s vote,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein, who sponsored the terror watchlist measure.
We don’t need any more proof. There is far more evidence than necessary.
Calling for more – and more effective – regulation of gun ownership as The New York Times did is demonstrably getting the US nowhere. Indeed, not only are these pleas falling on deaf ears, they may be counterproductive.
Look no further than the latest poll of the Republican electorate in CNN/ORC Poll: Trump alone at the top again

CNN reported on Donald Trump’s surge in the latest polls. Click image to enlarge.

“Donald Trump is once again alone at the top of the Republican field, according to the latest CNN/ORC Poll, with 36% of registered Republicans and Republican-leaning independents behind him, while his nearest competitor trails by 20 points,” CNN reports.
Trump’s support has surged in the three weeks since the terrorist attacks in Paris. Previously at 32%, he was almost tied with Ben Carson, who is rapidly dropping off the radar.
Of all the details in the poll, this one stands out:
“… [A]mong those who call terrorism an extremely important issue, 49% say they trust Trump most on ISIS.”
Yes, terrorism foreign and domestic (as mass shootings most assuredly are) is a vital issue, and half the Republican electorate thinks a willfully ignorant nincompoop is the best qualified to deal with it.
Pleading with bought-and-paid-for elected officials supported by ignorant voters is unlikely to result in any meaningful improvement in the country where there is a registered firearm for every man, woman and child in the population.
As we wrote after a mass shooting in October in Thousands more killed in gun violence than terror attacks the root cause of the paralysis is the corrupting influence of big money in politics.
Until campaign finance reform rises to the top of the political agenda in the US – an unlikely scenario given the current crop of candidates – we can shamefully expect no serious attempts at gun safety reform.
We will remain an outcast among civilized countries by allowing this situation to fester and grow even worse.

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3 Responses  
  • Martin Trailer writes:
    December 5th, 2015

    Funny how that works.

    Trump takes no money from K Street, no talking points or marching orders for the big money interests, i.e.; campaign finance.

    I continue to believe Trump does not want to be the Pres, he just wants a big voice in the process. I can’t believe he could work within the bureaucracy of DC having run his own show, calling the shots for so many years.

    K Street is in panic mode, they have lost control of the Federal Election process and this is not the first time they have been threatened. Facebook is a distinct threat that cannot be easier controlled forming public opinion.

    Time and a thinking public will be the arbiter.

    • warren writes:
      December 6th, 2015

      Alas, you are far too optimistic: it is inconceivable that most Trump supporters are doing any “thinking” at all. And that applies to a significant minority of the Republican electorate, too.
      If they were thinking at all, how could they support someone like Trump?

      • Martin Trailer writes:
        December 6th, 2015

        Trump has support for the same reason as Sanders.

        Their respective message is not crafted by the ‘consultants’ on K Street. It is not the same ol’ BS.


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