Twenty-six dead and more than twenty injured is the result of the latest armed massacre in the US, this time in Sutherland Springs, Texas. The press qualified it as the worst massacre in The Lone Star State’s history, which took place in a Baptist Church when a twenty-six year old men started shooting people gathered there. This event reminds us the terrible shooting that happened last month in Las Vegas, which caused over fifty casualties, and also reignites the debate about the use of guns in the US. Taking a look at this long list of massacres caused by firearms raises the question of whether the American administration will finally accept to change the Second Amendment in order to avoid more tragedies.
Looking back at past experience, it is clear that the gun regulation problem will not be solved easily. Although former president Barack Obama tried to reduce the use of firearms in 2012 and 2016, these initiatives never become a reality due to the opposition of the National Rifle Association (NRA), which has a strong economic influence over many members of the Congress. If we also consider the interests of the current American administration, we realise that gun regulation is not precisely one of its main priorities, despite these forementioned recent massacres. President Donald Trump has proven that his main interests have to do mostly with foreign affairs, and particularly threatening North Korea, using an aggressive and arrogant tone that could risk world peace and stability. It would therefore seem that the US Administration prefers causing fear to other countries in order to display its military force instead of trying to resolve a real issue that causes more than 13,000 deaths every year in America, according to a Gun Violence Archive study. Meanwhile, Trump dares to use the line of “mental health problem” as an excuse for this problem.
It is ironic that instead of giving example to other nations, the most powerful country in the world has a very soft firearms regulation and a disastrous health service. These are only two of a big list of American problems, and President Donald Trump has only added fuel to fire by adding to this list the wall on the Mexican border, the Racist far right increase in Southern states, the climate change denial… As film-maker Michael Moore showed in his famous documentary Bowling for Columbine about use of guns in the US, “In America it’s easier to buy a rifle than receiving a decent medical assistance”.
This article was written in collaboration with Tomàs Garcia-Espot