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We have a gun violence problem in the United States and one of the pieces to this destructive equation is Republican greed.

There were 10 mass shootings across the United States last week in which three were high profile.

Over the Easter weekend, nine teens were shot and two were killed while attending a party with over 200 people in attendance at an AirBnB in Pittsburgh. No suspects are in custody.

There was also a shooting at a mall in Columbia, South Carolina where 12 people were injured. And finally, the mass shooting in New York City orchestrated by 62 year old Frank James victimized nearly two dozen people who were riding the subway where the assault took place.

The interesting thing is, when you research rising gun violence in America, there’s ample data on how many shootings occur but not much discussion on the why.

Nonetheless, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identify some key factors fueling the surge, such as: a growing mental health crisis with inadequate resources, inflation and rising costs of living pushing people to the brink of despair, and inflamed racial tension. It’s truly a public health crisis.

But I’m here to tell you another “why” lie in politics. 

Republicans continue to block gun reform legislation

After the shooting in New York City, Mayor Eric Adams said gun violence isn’t a red or blue state issue, it’s a national issue–which is true. This year alone we’ve seen a total of 139 mass shootings, a 66% increase since 2019.

However, with red states leading with higher murder rates and Republicans blocking meaningful gun reform, we certainly have right-wing politicians to point a finger at in why we can’t get a grip on this problem. Just follow the money and power.

These elected officials sit in their ivory towers and watch the turmoil amongst us peasants play out all while lining their pockets with dollars from gun lobbyists for the National Rifle Association.

According to The Brady Campaign, 50 Senators have received campaign donations from the NRA. Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell alone has collected more than $1.2 million dollars from them over the course of his career and has a lengthy resume of blocking weapons reform. When Democrats called for legislative action after 2019 shootings in El Paso and Dayton, McConnell called for prayer.

Recently, Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp, signed off on a bill allowing people to carry guns in public without a concealed carry permit. The NRA spent over four million dollars in 2020 runoff races to make that happen.

American gun violence won’t end as long as Republicans keep getting their way

And finally, in President Biden’s recently announced effort to crack down on the manufacturing of ghost guns, the GOP is already planning a counterattack

Republicans blame Democrats for rising crime but they’re to blame for rising gun violence. Overprotectiveness of the “right to bear arms” isn’t rooted in freedom–it’s rooted in greed and currently supersedes other people’s right to live in peace.

So at what point do we consider changing the laws? Perhaps it will be when these politicians fall from their ivory towers and are faced with the same dangers as the average American. But for now, money and power make legislation go round and gun violence will remain at the top of our public health crises list.

Tanesha Peeples is driven by one question in her work--"If not me then who?" As a strategist and injustice interrupter, Tanesha merges the worlds of communications and grassroots activism to push for radical...

6 replies on “OPINION: Republican greed is fueling American gun violence”

  1. Your “Opinion” is based on other opinions, NOT fact! Sorry to burst your bubble but your link to the red state murder problem is just another opinion piece and is a flat out lie! When are you idiots going to wake up and realize that a criminal is NOT going to adhere to your BS laws and no amount of wishing is going to change the criminal mind!

  2. “Progressive” legislators are enabling thug life revolving door ie; Houston, Chicago, Philly, NYC, LA etc.

    No one gets to tell me how best to defend my family, or myself.

    The 2nd Amendment in The Bill of Rights to our US Constitution, GUARANTEES every person has a RIGHT TO KEEP (have) AND BEAR (carry) ARMS. Other wording in 2A “Militia” any able bodied male, service in a Militia is NOT a requirement, it is an Individual right (not collective), “Regulated” means equipped, in proper working order NOT gov rules “Shall not be infringed” means what it says. 14th Amendment guarantees equality!

    The right to keep and bear arms was not given to us by the government, rather it is a pre-existing right of “the people” affirmed in The Bill of Rights.

    See DC v Heller, McDonald v Chicago, Caetano v Mass and SCOTUS decision in June 2022 for NYSRPA v Corlett/Bruen

    Numerous jailhouse interviews (objective data!), have confirmed that thugs who rape, rob and murder have 0 fear of law enforcement, stating they only fear their would be victim is armed, or large dogs.

    Further, according to the CDC firearms are used defensively up to 2 million times per year in the USA.

  3. Just like a moolie to blame the gun instead of the jogger.

    Hey Tanesha you’re right, when 13% of the population went from being responsible for 52% of violent crime to 60% in the past two years, it sure “doesn’t take a rocket scientist to identify some key factors fueling the surge” in violent crime.

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