EDITORIAL: Shootings…Something must be done

Shootings and death of innocent people in the USA: Something must be done

In just minutes and only 13 hours apart, two attacks in one weekend, took the lives of 31 people and wounded another 50 in the United States. First at the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas and then in a central location in the town of Dayton in Ohio. The authors, two young people of 21 and 24 years of age, with a common characteristic, both of white Anglo-Saxon profile and with hatred towards minorities in the US. The 21-year-old is already in prison and the other was shot down by the police.

These recent tragedies add up to a long and dramatic list of similar attacks in the country. 251 shootings so far in this 2019 calendar year, the massacre in El Paso, Texas is among the 10 deadliest in history, when taking into account the number of victims.

Figures and cold data that reflect a society that has yet to solve the insane violence that causes intolerance, hatred, division and madness. With a president -Trump- who has stoked the fire of racism through constant preaching since he appeared on the political scene. Although we do not believe he is the sole cause of these massacres, his attitude does not help to rearm a confronted and distrustful society.

With good judgment, on Monday, August 5, just a few hours after the painful attacks, the top Connecticut authorities convened at the foot of the old Capitol to express solidarity with the families of the victims and with the people shaken by this barbarism. Politicians from Governor Lamont, through Senator Blumenthal, Congressman Larson, the Mayor of Hartford, Luke Bronin and others, expressed their total rejection of the violence that never ceases. They also agreed that, although they do not have the same characteristics, homicides with firearms continue to stalk cities like Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport and others in our State.

Officials also talked about the lack of control for the acquisition of firearms. They acknowledged that Connecticut has pushed stronger gun control laws in recent years, but they have not been enough. There are several proposals that have fallen asleep on the desks of Congress. There is pressure from the NRA (National Rifle Association) and little support from the president and many national legislators. Meanwhile, the country bleeds and shows an uncertain future for new generations.

Here in IDENTIDAD LATINA we stand in solidarity with the victims of any irrational attack, and we join all those who fight to defend life, we advocate for unity, for understanding, for good sense, for the reunion of brothers, of beings that want to live in these lands in peace. If you have to go out to the streets to demonstrate for LIFE, you have to do it. Times demand more action.
Jorge Alatrista
Identidad Latina Newspaper

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