Here are the headlines from just one week in America:
1. Nine killed in third U.S. mass shooting (only 13 hours after the El Paso shooting) injuring 27 in Dayton, Ohio, Aug. 4.
2. Twenty people were killed and dozens were injured in El Paso — Aug. 3. The shooter was identified as Patrick Crusius. He was taken into custody without incident.
3. Coroner: Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter died from suicide — Three victims killed, a dozen more were injured on July 28. He was identified as Santino William Legan, 19, who could not have purchased the weapon in California but bought it in Fallon, Nevada, just a six-hour drive from Gilroy.
4. A disgruntled employee killed two co-workers in a Walmart store in northern Mississippi on July 30. He was identified as Martez Tarrell Abram, 39, of Southaven. He now faces murder charges.
The Dayton mass killing occurred in the city’s Oregon District, outside the 400 block of East Fifth Street and amid a busy nightlife scene of bars and restaurants. The gunman began firing at 1:07 a.m. Sunday with what was called an “AK-like gun.”
He was identified as Connor Betts, 24. He was wearing body armor.
A spectator grabbed the rifle barrel and the shooter “picked up a handgun and was willing to continue shooting” but the police killed him. No officers were injured.
Prosecutors are pursuing a civic rights hate crime investigation and domestic terrorism charges. They will seek the death penalty for the suspect.
It was reported the weapon was purchased legally.
Mass shootings are incidents involving multiple victims of firearm-related violence.
One definition is an act of public firearm violence — excluding gang killings, domestic violence or terrorist acts sponsored by an organization — in which a shooter kills at least four victims.
Using this definition, one study found that nearly one-third of the world’s public mass shootings between 1966 and 2012 (90 of 292 incidents) occurred in the United States.
Using a similar definition, The Washington Post recorded 163 mass shootings in the U.S. between 1967 and June 2019. The July-August shootings can now be added.
The United States has had more mass shootings than any other country. Shooters in general either die by suicide afterwards or are restrained or killed by law enforcement officers or civilians.
The second amendment of the U.S. Constitution states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Partially because of that amendment, little has been done to end this too frequent epidemic of mass killings. There must be a way in our democracy to end these mass murder slaughters.
This crisis is a catastrophic, murderous defect that endangers many American lives and must be dealt with on a countrywide, unyielding effort.
As of early Sunday morning, President Donald Trump denounced the mass shootings as acts of “cowardice” and “white terrorism” in a statement.
That’s not enough. The president and the Congress must act with deliberate speed halt this horror.