Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.) through her groups the Gifford Law Center, has filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration accusing it of being in the pockets of the NRA. The case has been filed and is requesting (through the Freedom of Information Request system) all records that the AFT have on communications between the NRA and the president’s representatives.
“The Trump administration appears willing to let the National Rifle Association dictate its federal gun safety policy, which includes remaining silent on how to stem our nation’s gun violence epidemic,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center. “Protecting the safety of Americans should be the top priority of any president. Unfortunately, gun lobby profits seem to be more important to President Trump.”
And this is all based on the fact that administrations response to the Texas shooting made similar points to that of the NRA’s response. Could it possibly be that similar arguments were made because they happen to be right?
The New York Times cites figures that show there have been 555 mass shootings in the last 511 days. It’s a big figure that is not a large part of the over 30,000 deaths by firearm each year. However, it is also disingenuous to base arguments on this.
These 555 mass shootings (mass shooting involves four or more people injured or killed in a single event at the same time and location) are not all the same type of crime. Remeber, it doesn’t actually have to involve death. The shooter doesn’t have to be the same person, or even involved with another shooter. These figures (it is estimated half) include domestic violence, too.
Using the same arguments for all of the terrible crimes makes no sense when there is no unifying factor. People may say that guns are the unifying factor. But what about knives? What about cars? More people are killed by cars each year, yet we don’t lump them all into “vehicular homicide” do we?