After Donald Trump’s inauguration, the nation was rocked by news of mass shootings in California, Oregon, and Texas.
It’s no secret that the US has been plagued by a string of mass-shooting events over the past several years, from the mass shootings at a military recruiting center in Oregon in 2016 to the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999, and the Las Vegas mass shooting in 2015.
However, the mass-shootings themselves are not the reason for the recent uptick in gun violence.
In fact, it’s actually the lack of gun violence that has led to mass shootings, not the lack for gun control.
Instead, the US government has been using mass-murders as a tool to push its own agenda.
The mass shootings are part of a larger trend of government-led, government-controlled violence in America.
“It is a fact that mass shootings have become a tool for the government, not a tool of public safety,” the group American Public Media wrote in a report published on January 8, 2018.
The report went on to argue that the government should be the only agency responsible for preventing mass shootings.
“We must demand that the American people are allowed to decide what is and is not a mass shooting,” the report stated.
The government, by and large, does not care about gun safety or public safety.
In 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order mandating a “total and complete shutdown of firearms in the United States.”
This executive order also required the creation of a registry of all firearms owned by people convicted of domestic violence offenses, banning assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and high-powered ammunition.
In 2018, a federal judge in Texas temporarily blocked Trump’s executive order, stating that the executive order was unconstitutional.
After this ruling, Trump reversed himself, stating in a tweet that he would take the order back.
Trump also reinstated the ban on assault weapons and high capacity magazines.
The FBI’s director said on April 7 that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would be issuing guidance on “how to manage the threat of firearms and other violent weapons to the public.”
Trump also appointed a new ATF director, Steven A. Miller, who previously served as deputy attorney general under former President Barack Obama.
Trump has also taken the executive action to ban “assault weapons,” which are weapons with a capacity to hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Miller is the highest-ranking official to oppose gun control legislation in Congress.
After the December massacre in Las Vegas, the American public voiced their anger at the NRA.
In a tweet on February 2, the group said, “NRA: We will not stand for more mass shootings & we will not allow the NRA & their lobbyists to control the #GunControl debate.”
The NRA also joined with other gun control advocates in the wake of the massacre in Virginia to call for a ban on high-caliber weapons.
However to the NRA, the public’s anger was not enough.
The NRA has been trying to use the mass shooting to rally support for its position that gun ownership should be limited to people who are law-abiding citizens.
The organization has been pushing this message throughout the media, including on its website.
However the group has also been able to get behind the gun control agenda with the help of gun-grabbing politicians.
In November, the NRA gave $1 million to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), the co-chairs of the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, which is responsible for gun safety.
Warner and Rohrabachers are both members of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Rohrabach has a net worth of $1.1 million, while Warner has a $1,000,000 net worth.
The Senate has previously voted on several times to enact gun control measures, including legislation that would have banned all assault weapons.
Rohrabah has said that the proposed legislation would only ban “good guns” from being sold in the US, and that he supports the right of Americans to own weapons of any kind.
Warner, on the other hand, has supported legislation that bans high-power rifles, including AR-15s and high capacities magazines.
“This proposal would make no sense whatsoever,” Warner said in 2017.
“I am not against gun ownership, but this proposal is clearly designed to restrict it.”