Aug. 5, 2019

Politicians need to look in the mirror for real culprits in mass shootings

Aug. 5, 2019 – Another week, and more mass shootings in the United States. Now the airwaves are full of people fuelling exactly what creates mass murderers.

Mass shooters are mostly incited by politicians on both sides of the political fence spewing the hatred that mentally unstable people react to. Trump's vitriole, matched by the Democrats, is what keeps this going. Using trigger words like racist, hate, bigot, white supremacist is what tips off those who act on that. To an unstable mental state to them that often means a call to action. The politicians are all guilty.

In the two shootings on the weekend, one was a Trump fan reacting to the ongoing border dispute with Mexico. Although described as a registered Democrat, he supported Trump's constant border comments, finally taking matters into his own hands, gunning for Mexicans. He also posted about the degredation of the environment.

The Ohio shooter was reported to love the stance of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Antifa. Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke spent the weekend inciting fragile people like that.

Instead of cleaning up their act they misdirect the discussion to gun control and the National Rifle Association. Their own constant hatred toward eachother is the real culprit. And even in the shadow of the latest home-grown terror, the vitriole only increased on the television news. Name-calling and the blame game is already priming the next shooter holed up somewhere in a dingy basement room with a computer, waiting for the right trigger words from them.

Will they learn? Not likely. It's always someone else's fault.

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