A racist teenager kills ten in Buffalo with a military-style assault weapon. What role do Republican policies play in the surge of mass shootings?
"The shooter at a Buffalo supermarket legally obtained an AR-15 style rifle... but what has made this so lethal, and so devastating for this community, was the high-capacity magazine that would have had to have been purchased elsewhere, that’s not legal in the State of New York,” said New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. - CNN. Republican policies:
- Made it easier to buy weapons of war and armor piercing bullets as used in Buffalo, Sandy Hook, Parkland and Las Vegas mass shootings
- Cut background checks and training requirements before using guns
- Made it easier for the mentally disturbed and children to get guns
- Block measures to hold gun manufacturers responsible for the harm their products cause
- Propose that guns can be carried without permits
The relationship map also shows donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA) to Republican Senators who vote to relax gun safety measures and what President Biden had to say about groups promoting violence for profit.
Republican gun policies and mass shooting relationship map
"The House just passed the Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act. 203 Republicans voted against it, all Democrats voted in favor. The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would set up offices specifically focused on domestic terrorism at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the FBI. The offices would track and analyze domestic terrorist activity with the goal of better preparing the federal government to identify risks in order to take preventative action. The bill creates a requirement for biannual reporting on domestic terrorism threats. It also calls for assessments of the threat posed specifically by White supremacists and neo-Nazis." - CNN
Gun lobby donations block safety measures
Republican policies lead to surge in gun sales
"Currently, there are around 400 million guns in the United States, according to a 2018 survey conducted by the nonpartisan Small Arms Survey, which monitors gun ownership. The Brady gun safety group released an examination of Pennsylvania firearms tracing data revealing that six small retailers in south and northeast Philadelphia sold more than 11,000 weapons that were later recovered in criminal investigations or confiscated from owners who had obtained them illegally from 2014 to 2020." - NY Times
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Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act
TakeAway: Help people understand how gun lobby donations drives the Republican policies that are behind the surge in mass shootings and violent domestic terrorism.
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