El Paso shooting
Walmart employees react after an active shooter opened fire at the store in El Paso, Texas, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times)

Ask the Chairman: Gun Violence and Domestic Terrorism Need Solutions

As we reel from another set of white male mass murderers, we need to address and confront uncomfortable truths:

  • The president is responsible for this. A long-term employer of undocumented workers and H2B temporary workers, President Trump is promoting hatred of people of color to maintain his political base. The Republican Party is his enabler. They must be called to justice and the current Democratic Party leadership has failed. The President must go. The House needs to do its job, the leader needs to stop criticizing her peers and start impeachment proceedings against our country’s greatest threat.
  • The day-late/dollar-short militarized police response (if he’s white, get the guy Burger King, if he’s Black, empty your weapon), combined with tacit approval from the practically all white male Republican Party members emboldens these misfit white men.

In reaction to the latest tragedies, right-wing information sources are citing inner city murders as a deflection. They’re understandably not interested in talking about failing white people  and the suicide pandemic that white gun culture enables. Read “Dying of Whiteness; How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland“ by Dr. Jonathan Metzl.

But the murders of people in our inner cities is as big a problem as the declining life expectancy of white people in red states. The common problem is guns.

It is long past time to effectively create the “well regulated militia” which is called for in the opening words of the Second Amendment. As a veteran and former master rated target shooter, I offer the following common sense advice:

 

  • IMMEDIATELY stop all sales of ammunition and firearms until the supply chain can be investigated and criminals arrested where (currently) legal ammunition and firearms are diverted to the criminal market. This might take years unless manufacturers cooperate. I guarantee you that most ammunition is hoarded by white people, inner city deaths will dry up quickly as ammunition supplies dry up.

  • IMMEDIATELY make large capacity magazines illegal. Nobody needs more than a five round capacity for any weapon. When I was competing, I could put ten rounds in a very tight group (with a rifle) in 60 seconds at 200 yards with one magazine change. Nobody needs more than that. Possession of large capacity magazines should be punishable by an immediate two week jail sentence and misdemeanor conviction to be vacated in 6 months with no further violations. Anyone wanting to take it to court should face felony charges. I feel the same punishment should apply for employing undocumented workers. Two weeks of eating green baloney sandwiches will cure most people of bad behavior.

  • IMMEDIATELY implement universal registration for all firearms, with sharp limits on ammunition possession. (Nobody needs more than 20 rounds in their house.) Permission to possess guns or ammunition must include training, demonstration of proficiency, registration and home inspection for safety.

  • IMMEDIATELY have all social media and email platforms require absolute tracking to hard proof of ownership for all social media accounts (just like you have to do when you open a bank account). At least one of our 17 intelligence agencies must be exclusively dedicated  to tracking of domestic threats. Websites must have proof of ownership (to an individual) and all websites should be blocked until compliance is done.

The above will not prevent tragedy, but it might slow the next one down. The threat is existential: As Professor Steve Phillips documents, every day our country adds 8,000 net new citizens. 7,000 are not white, 1,000 are. We cannot tolerate an environment of armed white terrorists in our midst, whipped up by unaccountable social media provocateurs, including our enemies (Russian and others) operating under anonymity enabled by Silicon Valley and gun industry profiteers.

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