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Gun Laws, Video Games, Mental Illness? Beto On the Real Trigger In Mass Shootings

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by G. Brown

This overcast, gloomy Monday is more depressing than most.  It’s the first Monday after one of the country’s deadliest weekends at the hands of domestic terrorists.

Twenty-nine people killed in two separate mass shootings.  In Dayton Ohio, a 24-year-old white gunman killed nine people when he opened fire on people as they headed to bars and clubs in the Oregon district around one in the morning.

Just 13 hours earlier, a deadlier attack on helpless shoppers in El Paso Texas targeted by a 23-year old white gunman who killed 20 people and wound 26 others.

As most Americans tried to grapple with the sheer horror of innocent victims gun downed like animals, politicians began spinning narratives about why the violence occurred. Some blamed mental illness, some blamed video games. The worst of the worst came from a guy trying to spin this as a Democrat problem…

One politician tired of the B.S. from politicians and the media decided to name names.  When a reporter asked him, “Is there anything in your mind that the president can do now to make this any better?” Presidential candidate and Texas Representative Beto O’Rourke could not contain his anger, his composure or his pain saying, “…you know the sh## he’s been saying.  He’s been calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals.  Members of the press, I don’t know…what the fu##….it’s these questions that you know the answers to. I mean connect the dots about what he’s been doing in this country. He’s not tolerating racism, he’s promoting racism. He’s not tolerating violence, he’s inciting racism and violence.”

And finally, after two years of hearing the man in the White House align the office with White supremacy, another politician reaches the point of enough is enough and calls it what this really is. Seeing violence shake his hometown of El Paso pushed O’Rouke to where millions of other Americans have been standing aware and woke for decades…racism in America is a powder keg that simply needed someone to light the fuse.

Any person of color in this country could have told you this before now. Like O’Rourke, many White people are finally ready it seems to stop being polite and ready to confront the real threat.  It’s not Black people living in Baltimore or Chicago or brown people coming across the U.S. Mexican border.

That awareness is the reason hashtags like #TrumpsTerrorists,#MassacreMcConnell were trending over the weekend.  Trump supporters say it’s not fair to blame this wave of racism on the President, but it’s not fair that 29 families have to bury loved ones because hatred made them a target.  It’s not fair that the man elected to the highest office in the land traditionally used to unite and encourage people is instead using the power of the office and tax dollars to fund his hate rallies where people chant “send them back” and suggest “shoot ’em” as solutions to a misconstrued illegal immigrant problem.

The guy who tried to used doctored postings of shooters claiming to be Democrats is as tone-deaf as astrophysicist Neil De Grasse Tyson declaring more people die in surgery mishaps or former NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw blaming both sides.

People have been gullible and supported pie in the sky promises that have faded into yesterday’s headlines.  As O’Rourke says, it’s time to stop dancing around the truth about where all this racial tension, hatred and animus is coming from. It’s time to look the problem square in the eyes and say “Enough Mr. President”.

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    Liam Hamilton

    August 6, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    Sure it’s easy to blame trump, however if racism weren’t ingrained in the fabric of the founding of this country and a systemic disease among white people, events like this wouldn’t occur. So the end result is ALL white people must look in the mirror and face the truth of their pusillanimous complicity and stop deferring, transferring blame on others and inanimate objects.

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    Kat

    August 6, 2019 at 1:35 am

    Well said NBA is fixed!

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    Shawn J.

    August 5, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    I believe (violent) video games and mental illness played a MAJOR role in these two massacre shootings.

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      The Reel Network

      August 6, 2019 at 1:10 pm

      Hi Shawn J. You’re right to an extent…no person in his or her right mind would gun down innocent, unarmed men women and children. But what do we say of the person/people who wind up those struggling with mental illness and send them on a killing spree? If the leaders are truly convinced that mental illness is a factor in mass killings then why do away with measures that made it harder for mentally ill people to even get guns. As for the video games, true there are some really despicable games out there such Sniper. Graphically horrible. But even if you don’t buy into the research that says there is no link between video games and violence, then let’s look at other countries. Japan is one of the biggest gaming culture countries around and yet they don’t even come close to America’s violence and mass shootings. A lot of things can factor into what happened in El Paso and Dayton, but the most obvious is deep-rooted racism and hatred that’s being used as a political tool for one party’s gain.

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        Tijuana M Holston

        August 7, 2019 at 4:58 pm

        It is not ill mentally. It is there childhood practicism called “the WHIPPING BOY” and it been carried for years. It’s nothing new. White ppls want political power, wealth and to continue dominate that belong to them. It’s a crying childhood practicism to seek mercy on white ppls.

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    NBA is fixed

    August 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Quote from Donald Trump, “We must condemn white supremacy.” Are you serious? Trump is the epitome of white supremacy!

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      The Reel Network

      August 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

      NBA Thank you so much for your in-depth observations. The back-to-back massacres leave us with a lot to reckon with as a nation. But somethings, as you pointed out, are too glaring to ignore. You can’t laugh when people hyped up on hate at a rally joke about gunning down Mexicans at the border and then disingenuously denounce it when it actually happens. Thanks so much, NBA for being a continued voice in this forum.

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    NBA is fixed

    August 5, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Malcolm X told you the white man is the devil. White supremacy goes hand in hand with the devil. The devil will murder his own people. Connor Betts murdered his own sister. Need I say more! #WhiteOnWhiteCrime

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    NBA is fixed

    August 5, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    White neo nazis like Patrick Crusius and Connor Betts were able to commit mass murder. In the same week, law enforcement arrested a ten year old black boy for playing dodgeball. In conclusion, no matter how many white supremacist grab guns and murder people, Amerikkka will always see black people, specifically black boys as the number one terrorist.

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      Tijuana M Holston

      August 7, 2019 at 4:48 pm

      NBA…as you mentioned that law enforcement took the innoncent young black boy over the white boy/men. It’s not a new issues for years. It’s called “the whipping boy”. The oldest European motto and that practicism never will STOP. President Trump and white Supremacy knows what it meant.

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    NBA is fixed

    August 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    White supremacy is synonymous with satanism.

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    NBA is fixed

    August 5, 2019 at 4:52 pm

    The most dangerous terrorists on Earth are white men who have access to guns and can’t get a girlfriend!

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      The Reel Network

      August 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      Good Morning NBA “Can’t get a girlfriend”—NBA gold right there.

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