What is a mass shooting?Why so much American gun violence is overlooked

Officials say the shooting in Jersey City was a targeted attack at the Kosher Market

Officials say the shooting in Jersey City was a targeted attack at the Kosher Market

Restoration and cleaning crew arrived at the JC Cosher Supermarket after a mass shooting in Jersey City, NJ on December 11, 2019.Credits-Rick Loomis-Getty Images

In the last two weeks, two horrific shootings have become national news across the United States.

On March 22, a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, including police officers who responded to the scene. A 21-year-old man was charged with 10 murders after surrendering to police on the scene.

Just 6 days ago, March 16th, Mass shooting Occurred at three spas and massage parlors in the Atlanta metropolitan area. A 21-year-old man was arrested after police pursuit and charged with eight murders. Of the eight killed, six were identified as Asian and Asian-American women. The incident is widely regarded as a targeted attack on Asian American and Pacific Islands (AAPI) communities, and violence and racism against the domestic AAPI community has increased significantly.

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At both this moment and forward, we are more aware of our selective reaction to gun violence and how gun crime coverage is produced and viewed through the majority of white-led media industries. Must be.Listening and learning are still the most important AAPI communityDefend a call for action to raise and end their voice Anti-Asian violence Discrimination related to gun violence and any violence.In addition to this, it is also important to define exactly what to shoot in large numbers. is— And acknowledge the racialized blind spots we have when applying this term. This does not really come from a clear concrete or “literal” definition.

Because in the last two weeks, there have been 24 mass shootings instead of two. This includes the March 28 shooting in Maryland. There, a gunman killed his parents, two others, and himself. Two people were killed and eight more were injured after three shootings at Virginia Beach on March 26. Just days before the shooting in Atlanta, 15 people were shot dead and two were killed at a party in Chicago’s South Side.Beyond Local media coverage, The shooting was virtually overlooked.

Overall, more than 100 people were shot dead and more than 30 were killed in all shootings in the last two weeks.There were more than 600 mass shootings in 2020..

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The Gifford Act, citing the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2006 and Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 as just two examples of gun violence “actually changing public and public awareness.” To stop the center’s executive director Robin Thomas gun violence, Americans were hit hard in the late 1980s and early 90s, especially after eight people were killed in a mass shooting in an office building in San Francisco in 1993. He says he really started paying attention to mass shootings. (However, the recorded mass shootings date back to the 1920s, and many of the early incidents saw victims targeted by their race.)

Shooting in San Francisco 1994 ban on federal assault weaponsWas part of the vast crime bill passed below President Bill Clinton That year. It banned the production of certain semi-automatic weapons for civilian use, along with certain types of ammunition. While many of the consequences of the crime bill are currently being debated and criticized, Thomas says restricting access to assault weapons is far less “highly dead” in the decade that the bill came into force. It claims to have influenced the “mass shooting incident”. Before the ban expired in 2004.

The FBI does not define “mass shooting” as its own term. It only defines a “masslaughterer” as a person who kills four or more people in one place, and it doesn’t necessarily have to have a gun. Therefore, the most accepted definition of a mass shooting is as a single case in which four or more people are shot or killed. Mass shootings usually occur in one location and time, but can include multiple locations in close proximity to each other, as in Atlanta. The Gun Violence Archive (GVA), the main organization on this topic, uses this definition as well as the Giftords Law Center.

Thomas says the reason people are so sympathetic to the public shootings is that they occur in schools, shopping malls, office buildings, places of worship, and other conditioned environments that make them feel safe. However, that assumption does not allow where most mass shootings occur. The implicit bias here translates into the belief that these places and other communities are unsafe. “We are fed up with the everyday gun violence that is taking place in urban communities,” adds Thomas. “Many Americans don’t always think about it.” In the United States, mass shootings are constantly occurring, especially in the poor black urban communities. However, in reality, shooting is not “assumed” to occur everywhere.

“Fifty years ago, many died in car accidents. Adopting a comprehensive national approach to address everything from drunk driving to speed limits, bank curves, foldable steering columns and seat belts. I was able to continue many times, “continues Thomas. “We are still driving a lot of cars. There are more cars on the road than ever before. Still, we saw this as a public health problem and took various steps to kill the car. We’ve cut it by 80%. And that’s the same kind of approach we have to take with gun violence. We need to consider every possible way to prevent it. “

The more burdensome task is to call everything Single case Of violence with guns, no matter how big or small it is. Gun violence, which plagues the black community in the city center, accounts for most of the major problems that hinder the country. The solutions are plentiful. There is no shortage of actions that can be taken to address the issue of gun violence in the country at this time, but even if omitted, the voice of the most vulnerable citizens in the country will never be heard if anger is selective. not. It fails to deal with this plague.