On Wednesday, yet another tragic instance of an all too common string of events unfolded, as an 19-year-old gunman entered Marjorie Stonemason Douglas High School and open fired on students and faculty. As updates rolled in, the severity of the shooting started taking shape, as authorities reported that at least 17 people had been killed, and scores more injured in the senseless act.
This most recent shooting provides yet another example of the ongoing issues facing the country surrounding gun violence and gun laws, and the blatant consequences that occur as GOP lawmakers continue to put off gun control measures, and disregard the need for more comprehensive firearm regulations. With these types of tragic events only increasing in frequency over the course of recent years, the inaction and unwillingness of these lawmakers to implement more stringent measures has left Americans more susceptible to gun-related dangers.
Following the reports that emerged out of Parkland, Florida on Wednesday, many spoke out against the GOP’s continued ignorance surrounding gun control policies, and their increasingly close-knit relationships with the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other gun rights groups.
— Variety (@Variety) February 15, 2018
Television personality and well-known comedian, Chelsea Handler, was among the many who raised her voice in opposition to the Republican’s inaction on gun reform, sharply attacking the many lawmakers that have put the financial contributions of the NRA over the safety and security of innocent Americans. In a rightfully critical and harsh Twitter post on Wednesday, claiming that the GOP lawmakers are complicit in the increasing deaths from gun violence, and the accountability of these fatalities lies on the blood-stained hands of Republicans that would prefer to take financial contributions than protect the lives of Americans.
We have to elect candidates that are not funded by the NRA in November. We have an opportunity to elect candidates who won’t allow kids to go to school and get shot. It is disgusting how many times this has happened and Republicans do nothing. You all have blood on your hands.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) February 14, 2018
Handler further issued a blatant call to action for citizens around the country, claiming that the upcoming midterm elections provides an opportunity to elect more ethical public officials, specifically those who do not sell out to gun rights groups such as the NRA.
As mass shootings have only increased throughout the nation in recent years, Handler’s call provides a relevant and effective means for citizens to take action. Considering the damage the Trump administration has brought on Republican credibility over the last year, the coming elections serve as a pertinent and crucial turning point to not only enforce change in government, but send a signal that the American people will not remain quiet in the face of corruption, controversy, and crime.
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