Five Mass Shootings In Five Days: Is America Officially Desensitized To Gun Violence?


Publish Date:
January 29, 2019
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American are easily distracted. It’s really no fault of our own. With so many of us juggling family obligations with multiple jobs and the looming threat of crippling debt or unexpected illness hanging over us, it’s hard enough to keep with the daily tweets from the president and the bevy of scandal from his administration. But there used to be a time in the not-so-distant past where mass casualty shooting events gave us pause. Not anymore.

There have been at least five mass shootings in America in the past five days. and the best this beleaguered nation could offer is a collective shrug.

Of the 156 mass shootings that occurred between 2009 and 2016, 54 percent were related to domestic or family violence, according to analysis from Everytown for Gun Safety. John J. Donohue III, a lead researcher on mass shootings at Stanford University, notes that there is a “gun culture that steeps troubled and ineffectual men in this notion of redemption through violence and then makes the most deadly weaponry available to them.”

“We see from diaries of the mass shooters that they see the AR-15 or some such as the vindication of their manhood and power and a vehicle for addressing their perceived grievances,” Donohue continued.

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