Our hearts break for the 31 people killed and the many injured in the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and in Dayton, Ohio.
Also for the victims of the shootings in Gilroy, California and in Chicago, Illinois.
We mourn for those who have lost their lives through these senseless acts of violence…
We grieve for the families of the victims … and for the injured survivors – whose lives will be forever scarred by their traumatic experiences.
Here are 14 realities no one is willing to talk about … but that you should be aware of:
- Mass shootings are escalating … and will continue to escalate.
American culture and society have changed for the worse – morally speaking – over the past generation. We live in an extremely dangerous society today. No one is entirely safe – not even in their own homes.
There are no longer any culturally-agreed-upon standards of absolute right and wrong in our country. Moral relativism is hammered into children’s heads through school curriculum as well as through music, TV shows and other forms of entertainment…
And they are taught that they are cosmic accidents and that there is no meaning to life and no afterlife.
Until these things change, mass shootings will continue.
- Despite the increase in mass shootings, they still account for only 0.2% of homicides and about 1% of all homicide victims.
Far more people commit suicide every year with a firearm than are killed by someone else using a gun.
Only 12% of mass killings are mass public shootings. Most mass killings are the result of:
- Murders or murder-suicides of families by a family member
- Robberies or drug deals gone awry
- Gang-related turf wars
These mass shootings receive little news coverage compared to the much rarer mass public shootings.
For more information about these statistics, click here.
- Everyone wants to do something to stop the mass shootings – even if it won’t help.
In the face of mass murder, people often react irrationally. They want to do something – anything – to stop the violence and “solve” the problem … even if it’s the wrong “solution” … even if it involves taking away the freedoms and rights of law-abiding citizens.
- What we know about the recent mass shooters:
- Gilroy, California. The shooter was a 19-year-old who had legally purchased an AK-47 in Nevada. He illegally brought the rifle into California and used a wire cutter to cut through the fence surrounding the garlic festival to avoid being detected by security at the entrance. Before the shooting he posted a message on Instagram urging his readers to read the book Might Is Right, by Ragnar Redbeard. Published in 1890, the book is described as a white-supremacist manifesto. He was shot by police, but died from a self-inflicted gunshot to his head before police could take him into custody.
- El Paso, Texas. The 21-year-old gunman surrendered to police and was not shot. He told investigators he had wanted to kill as many Mexicans as possible. He is a socialist who supports Medicare for All and the Green New Deal … and believes those programs can’t be implemented as long as the government allows unlimited illegal immigration.
- Dayton, Ohio. The 24-year-old shooter was a registered Democrat … a committed socialist … a Satan-worshipper … and a supporter of presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. He also had a history of supporting Antifa. Like the Parkland, Florida school shooter, warning signs were reported to police when the Dayton killer was in high school, but police didn’t take them seriously and ignored them.
- Chicago and Baltimore. In just the past 2 weekends in Chicago, at least 14 were killed and 81 wounded in presumably gang-related violence. And in 2 consecutive July weekends in Baltimore, 23 were shot and 8 killed.
- Progressive/socialist politicians, the progressive/pro-socialist news media and biased social media immediately politicize mass shootings whenever possible.
Before the bodies were even identified in El Paso and Dayton, the politicians and slanted media were attacking President Trump and blaming him for the attacks.
Beto O’Rourke accused the president of inciting violence: “He is a racist, and he stokes racism in this country.”
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) tweeted that President Trump “cannot escape accepting blame for these escalating killings in our country that are motivated by your race baiting!”
Progressive Democrats of America sent out an email to its list blaming the president for “white supremacist violence,” claiming, “Yes, you Mr. President had your finger on that AK-47.”
The media pundits made a big deal about the El Paso shooter’s disdain for Hispanic immigrants … and his admiration for the white supremacist theories of the Christchurch, New Zealand mass murderer…
But they ignored his support of population control and his animus toward both political parties and toward corporate America … especially farming and drilling.
And they ignored the Dayton shooter’s socialism, his support for Antifa and for Elizabeth Warren … and the fact that he was a Satanist.
You should be aware that the mainstream media cherry-picks what it reports about mass shooters because they have a political agenda to support.
- Why more gun control isn’t the answer to mass shootings.
Gun control advocates always use mass shootings as a springboard to call for greater restrictions on gun ownership.
If this were really the answer, then Chicago – with the strictest gun laws in the nation – would be virtually free of gun violence. But clearly, this isn’t the case.
After the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, former President Obama said America’s level of gun violence is far out of proportion to other developed countries and that excuses about the difficulty of stopping such crimes is not a satisfactory response.
He wrote, “Every time this happens, we’re told that tougher gun laws won’t stop all murders; that they won’t stop every deranged individual from getting a weapon and shooting innocent people in public places. But the evidence shows that they can stop some killings.”
Of course, he didn’t cite any evidence … and he didn’t mention the gang-related shooting epidemics in Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit and other cities.
He also ignored the fact that in other countries, bombings, mass stabbings and car attacks often kill more people than mass shootings in the U.S. For example:
- Great Britain (2017) – a bombing killed 22 and injured 250
- Japan (2016) – a mass stabbing killed 19 and injured 45
- Germany (2016) – an intentional car ramming caused 11 deaths and 56 injuries
- France (2016) – a car ramming killed 86 and injured 434
- Belgium (2016) – a bombing killed 21 and injured 180
Source: The Daily Signal
Perhaps Mr. Obama should take a look at what our kids are taught in our public schools and colleges about the value of human life … and compare that with what is taught in other developed countries.
- The proliferation of gun ownership in America doesn’t cause more gun-related homicides.
There’s a “dirty little secret” the socialist/progressive politicians and their media cheerleaders don’t want you to know…
Firearm homicides have plummeted over the past 25 years.
The high-water mark for firearm murders occurred in 1994 – with 16,136 murders.
In 2017 – the most recent year with complete data on gun incidents – there were 10,982 murders – a drop of 32%.
This drop in gun homicides occurred while gun ownership increased from 192 million firearms in 1994 to 310 million firearms by 2009 – according to a Congressional Research Service report published in 2013.
Source: AWR Hawkins, Breitbart, July 21, 2019.
- Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens save lives.
Here are just a few examples:
- At a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas in 2017, a neighbor with a concealed-carry permit heard the shooting, went to the church and shot the gunman twice, forcing him to flee before he could kill more people.
- In Chicago in 2015, an Uber driver with a concealed-carry permit shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people.
- In a Philadelphia barber shop in 2015, a customer opened fire on customers and barbers after an argument. Another customer with a concealed-carry permit shot the shooter.
- In a hospital near Philadelphia in 2014, a psychiatric patient shot his caseworker and his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist was able to shoot back and disable the shooter – who still had 39 unspent rounds when he was arrested.
- A man armed with a shotgun went to his church near Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2012 during a Sunday service and pointed his rifle at the pastor and congregation after kicking in a locked door. A church member with a concealed-carry permit held the troubled man at gunpoint while two other church members disarmed him.
- Why socialists never blame the murderers for their senseless mass shootings.
Socialist politicians, the progressive media and social media bloggers are always quick to assess blame and responsibility for mass shootings…
But they never hold the shooters responsible for their heinous acts.
Former President Obama blamed weak gun laws and “leaders who demonize those who don’t look like us, or suggest that other people, including immigrants, threaten our way of life.”
Others blamed “racist language” and “white supremacy” for the actions of the El Paso and Dayton shooters.
Another blogger blamed “a combination of right-wing bigotry mixed with easy access to weapons of war.”
Why do these politicians and pundits not blame the shooters for their murderous acts?
Because to do so would require admitting that some people have become overpowered by hatred and evil in their hearts … and that it has nothing to do with politics.
- The real cause of mass shootings is evil in the heart … but none dare call it evil.
No one ever talks about this.
Because evil in the heart is a not a social problem. It’s not a gun-control problem. It’s not an environmental problem. It’s not a problem that can be solved by legislation or by the external efforts of man.
It’s an individual internal problem that requires an individual internal solution … and I believe the real internal solution can only come from God.
- Factors that can cause evil to take control of one’s heart.
Obviously, there are many factors that can contribute to one becoming consumed by hatred and overcome by evil thoughts. Here is just a microcosm:
- The prevalence of divorce – and the huge number of boys who grow up without a strong, loving father figure in the home
- The proliferation of drugs – prescription opioids and psychotic drugs … and illegal drugs
- The devaluing of human life caused by our culture of abortion and violent death-filled video games
- Music and Hollywood entertainment that cheers defiance of authority and glorifies death
- An education system that teaches there is no meaning or purpose for life
Addressing these issues should be the focus of a national conversation on ways in which we can transform hearts and minds by transforming our culture into a culture dominated by an understanding of natural law … and of the difference between right and wrong.
- White supremacy and mass shootings.
White supremacy is the belief that white people are superior to people of other races and should therefore dominate and rule over all other races.
It is evil and immoral.
Of the 4 mass shootings covered in this report, 2 possibly could be linked to white supremacy beliefs:
- The Gilroy, California garlic festival shooter posted a message on Instagram shortly before the incident in which he urged his followers to read the book Might Is Right, which has been described as a white supremacist manifesto.
- The El Paso shooter – in his 2300-word manifesto entitled, “The Inconvenient Truth,” expressed admiration for the white supremacist theories found in the manifesto written by the Christchurch, New Zealand shooter who massacred 51 Muslims at two mosques last March.
The other shootings demonstrably had nothing whatsoever to do with white supremacy … nor did the Parkland, Florida school shooting, the Texas church massacre, the Las Vegas massacre, the Orlando gay nightclub shooting, the San Bernardino, California mass terrorist attack … and more.
- What all mass shooters have in common.
The Violence Project is a nonpartisan think tank dedicated to reducing violence in society and improving public policy and practice. It is run by 2 university professors who have studied mass shootings and shooters since 1966.
They have discovered 4 common characteristics of nearly all mass shooters:
- The vast majority of mass shooters experienced early childhood trauma … including exposure to violence at a young age.
- Nearly every mass shooter reached an identifiable crisis point in the weeks or months leading up to their heinous act.
- Most shooters studied the actions of other shooters and sought validation for their motives and actions.
- They all had the means to carry out their plans by obtaining weapons legally, illegally or from family members.
- President Trump gave a stunning address to the nation after the El Paso and Dayton shootings.
He condemned the “barbaric slaughters” as “an attack on our nation.”
He said, “America weeps for the fallen,” and asked “God in heaven to ease the anguish of those who suffer.”
He unequivocally condemned “racism, bigotry and white supremacy,” saying it “warps the mind and devours the soul.”
He also promised to act with resolve by:
- Ordering the FBI to increase its investigations of hate groups and domestic terrorism
- Calling for greater accountability from social media companies
- Urging reforms to improve mental health screenings
- Calling for the swift application of the death penalty for mass murderers
The president also called for unity: “Open wounds cannot heal if we are divided … Now is the time to set destructive partisanship aside and find the courage to answer hatred with unity, devotion and love…”
His political opponents didn’t like his call for unity. It’s to their political advantage to keep the nation divided.
The New York Times ran a front-page story the day after President Trump’s address under the headline TRUMP URGES UNITY VS. RACISM.
Democrat presidential candidates complained on Twitter that the headline “was too fair to Trump.”
So the newspaper caved in to the pressure and changed the headline to ASSAILING HATE BUT NOT GUNS.
Watch President Trump’s address to the nation after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio (10 minutes).
NOTE: Since some readers may want to know, here are two of the other sources used to write this report:
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