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How Do We Stop Gun Violence? Building Resistance from Tragedy
March 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm UTC-7
While the phenomenon of the lone gunman shooting dozens of people in public is a unique feature of our current moment, gruesome violence has been a central feature of U.S. society throughout its history. Mass shootings are a social phenomenon that demands a social answer. Reforms connected to gun industry regulations might be a first step, but the central question we need to face is how to broaden the scope of discussion to target the root causes of violence in the U.S: imperialism, racism and oppression, exploitation and alienation.
We should take confidence from the collective rage being expressed after the Parkland shooting and recognize that the widespread desire for something to be done can be a powerful thing. But we also have to be aware that this would only increase the powers of the U.S. government, which remains what Martin Luther King Jr. called it 50 years ago: “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world.” As this new movement gets off the ground, we need to continue to broaden the scope of debate and demands beyond immediate legislative reforms and what they will and won’t accomplish.