More were shot, we forgot — again
Despite another mass school shooting, former President Donald Trump's grip on America continues to distort the country's priorities.
More children are dead, but the country cannot help but prioritize its addiction to former President Donald Trump.
It is shameful.
The demagogue continues to hold the nation’s attention hostage. And, seemingly as quickly as the news of the most recent mass school shooting broke, the lives children and one of the most critical issues in modern-day society have once again fallen by the wayside.
In case Americans have forgotten, it’s been just a week since six people — three children and three adults — were shot and killed in the March 27 mass school shooting in Nashville.
The gruesome murders carried out by Audrey Hale, a 28-year-old transgender man at The Covenant School, marked the 175th mass school shooting since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, according to The Associated Press.
Following the shooting, CNN and MSNBC plastered the usual graph showing how shootings in the U.S. surged after the Federal Assault Weapons Ban sunset in 2004. Fox News, on the other hand, used the incident to paint transgender individuals as mentally unstable, subhuman spawns of leftist ideologies.
After an initial blitz of media coverage and civic discourse about gun control, the nation’s attention span regarding the issue has already begun to dwindle.
In the only country in the world where these shootings are such a problem, it seems as though the media and those on both sides of the political spectrum are already beginning to forget.
As always, politicians and voters alike had to set the virtue signaling aside and focus on what they really want: news about Trump, the man who lives in everyone’s minds rent-free.
On March 30, millions of Americans shifted their focus to headlines breaking the news that Trump was indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for his alleged role in a scandal stemming from hush money payments made to the porn actress Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 election.
Shortly thereafter, it was reported that Trump is facing about 30 criminal charges as a result of the incident, although the exact charges are unknown. He is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday and in the meantime faces other, unrelated legal probes.
Data from Google Trends shows that, with Tennessee being the exception, Google searches related to Trump and his indictment have vastly outnumbered searches about gun control and school shootings.
When looking at the peaks of searches about school shootings and the indictment of Trump, which occurred on March 27 and March 30, respectively, interest in the former president dwarfed that of students and school staff being murdered.
This isn’t to say that Trump’s legal charges aren’t newsworthy. As noted by every news organization in the country, it is a historic occurrence — but the priorities of the media and American public are telling.
The data noted above demonstrates Trump’s hold on the American public and his ability to steer the population’s interest away from systemic issues and instead toward attention-grabbing headlines about himself.
Those include recent headlines about the indictment of Trump, a public figure who anyone with an iota of common sense knows has broken the law and proven to be morally bankrupt.
Now, even as coverage of the indictment continues, discussion about how the country should address gun violence has not been completely overshadowed.
Those on the left of the political spectrum have called for more strong-armed gun-control legislation such as a renewed ban on assault rifles, despite Republicans continuing their attacks on transgender rights under the guise of concerns about mental health.
Some Democratic lawmakers in the state also have joined protesters in demanding change, leaving three state representatives facing possible expulsion from the chamber due to efforts by fascist-adjacent Republicans.
In addition, Rep. Jamaal Bowman, D-N.Y., has also further propped up the gun control discourse after a video surfaced on Wednesday of the Democrat haranguing Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and other Republicans for not supporting stricter gun laws.
The fate of any bill intending to curb gun violence is unknown, especially with Republicans controlling the House and Democrats narrowly holding the Senate.
But as gun violence continues with no end in sight, and children’s lives are taken before their 10th birthday, something must be done.
So, make a choice: Keep fighting to address gun violence and save the lives of innocent civilians, including children, or continue to gossip about a demagogue who served as media fodder more than he ever did as a leader.
No matter the choice, Americans must do so in the shadow of just the latest mass shooting that led to the deaths of Evelyn Dieckhaus, 9; William Kinney, 9; Hallie Scruggs, 9; Katherine Koonce, 60; Cynthia Peak, 61; and Mike Hill, 61.
Those are just six of the nearly 200 individuals who have died in mass school shootings since the turn of the century.
Do what you will with that information.
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