There have been 204 mass shootings — and 204 days — in 2015 so far
These beautiful women were among the victims of the latest mass shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana -- victims of a white male, white supremacist who, according to reports, was a Tea Party follower:
Does that make all Tea Party followers or white males mass murderers? Well for some right wingers, it does because those same people believe ALL Muslims are mass murderers when a Muslim shoots and kills people. Some who believe that also believe all Muslims are potential terrorists and should be deported--even American Muslims (where do Americans get deported to?)
So should we apply the same logic to white males? Just last month a white male slaughtered 9 people in a church. Should all white males be suspected as terrorists, because they are responsible for an awful lot of these mass shootings:
According to data compiled by Mother Jones magazine, which looked at mass shootings in the United States since 1982, white people -- almost exclusively white men -- committed some 64% of the shootings.
"Police have identified the gunman who killed two women and wounded seven other people at a Louisiana movie theater before fatally shooting himself. Investigators said 59-year-old John Russell Houser opened fire Thursday night during a showing of the film, “Trainwreck,” in Lafayette — about 500 miles from his home in Phenix City, Alabama.
UPDATE: Louisiana gunman was a Confederate flag-flying Tea Party kook who hated Obama and admired Hitler Police said Houser, who they described as “kind of a drifter,” fired 13 rounds from a .40-caliber handgun into the theater crowd after watching the movie with them for about 20 minutes."
The Mass Shooting Tracker:
The Mass Shooting Tracker is different from other shooting databases in that it uses a broader definition of mass shooting. "The old FBI definition of Mass Murder (not even the most recent one) is four or more people murdered in one event," the site's creators explain.
"It is only logical that a Mass Shooting is four or more people shot in one event." These shootings have become so common that they typically don't even make national news. Do you remember the four people shot in Cincinnati earlier this month? How about the seven in Cleveland, or the nine in Fort Wayne? Unless you live in these areas, you probably didn't even hear about them.
This year there were 18 mass shootings in April, 39 in May, 41 in June, and 34 so far in July -- and the month isn't over yet. The theater shooting was Louisiana's 8th this year. There have been 10 in Ohio, 14 in California and 16 in New York. Will anything change? Probably not.
The Charleston shooting did produce a fruitful national conversation -- not on guns, but on the symbolism of the Confederate flag, which the shooter adopted as a banner of his racist beliefs. It took 150 years and a national tragedy for the country to reach something like a consensus on the meaning of a battle flag.
"Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard [mass shootings] the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing," The Economist wrote in response to the Charleston massacre. "This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution."
LAFAYETTE MOVIE THEATER SHOOTER WAS A RACIST, RIGHT-WING EXTREMIST TEA PARTIER (TWEETS, SCREENSHOTS)