America Does Not Care About Its Kids

By: Micaela Shambee– Editor, The Drive

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Illustration by Bill Day for Politicususa

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Florida, where 17 people (14 students) were killed by 19 year old Nicolaz Cruz, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, one would think that America would be considering stricter gun laws. However, the Trump Administration appears to be soft-peddling the issue, toying with the idea that background checks should be revised.

“Americans are not concerned with the well being of its children.”

According to USA Today News, “Sanders confirmed that Trump spoke on Friday with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., about a background check bill he has has introduced with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Murphy said Trump’s apparent support ‘is another sign the politics of gun violence are shifting rapidly.’ In a tweet, the Connecticut senator said that ‘no one should pretend this bill alone is an adequate response to this epidemic.’

Yet is unclear how far Trump is willing to go on gun control – or if he’ll take any action at all.”

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Photo credit: DemocraticUnderground.com

What is most difficult about this administration’s response, is that it doesn’t include an actionable plan for children’s safety.  Focusing on background checks simply glosses over the main issues with gun control, and shows that Americans are not concerned with the well being of its children.

According to Susan Perry of MinnPost,

Each year, nearly 1,300 children aged 0 to 17 in the United States — more than three a day — die from gunshot wounds. Another 5,790 are treated each year for gunshot-related injuries, wounds that leave many of the children disabled for life.

And those numbers are probably underestimates.

The situation is so grim that firearm-related deaths — homicides, suicides and unintentional shootings — are now the third-leading cause of death overall among American children. More children in the United States die from gunshot wounds than from birth defects, heart disease, influenza and/or pneumonia, chronic lower respiratory diseases (including asthma) and stroke.

Firearm-related deaths are also now the second-leading cause of injury-related deaths among children. Only motor vehicles claim more of these lives.

Indeed, 10 percent of all deaths among children aged 0 to 17 are the result of gun injuries.

She goes on to state that, “The American Medical Association has called gun violence ‘a public health crisis,’ one that’s ‘unrivaled in any other country.’ And the American Academy of Pediatrics believesthe “the most effective way to reduce firearm-related injuries and death is to keep guns out of homes and communities.”

According to non-profit organization Everytown for Gun Safety, a total of 18 shootings have occurred on school campuses across the United States as of February 20.

Still, we do nothing.

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Illustration by Bill Day for Politicususa

 

What do you think about the trump administration’s response to the recent mass school shooting?

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