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Mass shootings in the US   America - all of it

Started 10/3/17 by Jenifer (Zarknorph); 38385 views.
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From: BerrySteph

Dec-9

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

The Saudi shooter who killed three people at a Florida military base had days earlier hosted a dinner party where he showed videos of mass shootings, a US official says.

Wow ... I was just about to condemn a nation based on and applauding terrorism when I came across this:

The official who spoke on Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, the official said.

Ten Saudi students were being held on the base while several others were unaccounted for, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity after being briefed by federal authorities.

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Dec-30

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From: BerrySteph

Dec-30

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

The United States has hit a new high in 2019 but it's an unwanted one with more mass killings taking place than in any other year since the 1970s, and more than 80 per cent of them came as the result of shootings.

Can't be bothered to look it up, but I think its bumped upwards with Trump.

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BerrySteph

From: BerrySteph

Jan-3

Jenifer (Zarknorph) said:

The United States' resistance to gun control is about more than the frontier spirit of the American people - and it's unlikely to change anytime soon.

It's caused by a very, very bad political system that has never recognised how human beings react, either in government or on the range.

Our data suggests public opinion is unlikely to be the major reason for the lack of action on firearms.

A more likely explanation for the differences in policy settings between Australia and the US is the institutional differences between the two countries.

The status quo bias is embedded in the American system of government, making it particularly difficult to implement contentious policy changes.

This comes from the veto points in the American system: a directly-elected executive (the president); two legislative chambers (the House of Representatives and Senate) with equal power, combined with this external, powerful executive; an independent judiciary empowered by a very explicit constitution and a bill of rights (including the Second Amendment which explicitly provides for the right to bear arms); a highly decentralised federal system; and the power of interest groups.

While policy outcomes in the United States usually match public opinion, special interests can use these veto points to block policies they oppose.

They do this using superior organisation, access, money and public support.

A bad system, an elected dictatorship that aggresses other nations in part because its the only way to have domestic peace between conflicted interest groups.

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