Prof. Monshipouri writes an article about gun violence and school shootings in the U.S.

Author: Professor Mahmood Monshipouri, Tehran Times
May 28, 2022

"The recent tragedy has cast a dark shadow over US rural and urban communities one more time as a young gunman (Salvador Rolando Ramos, 18) unleashed a rampage on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and 2 teachers.  The obscene and unspeakable tragedy has again taken a backseat to the interest of a particularistic interpretation of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution, (a well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed).  Treating the Second Amendment as sacrosanct and sacred, and above any rational and reasonable interpretation, has rent asunder the social fabric of American society.

Aside from police incompetence, the story of confusion and chaos resulting from such incidents—as in the other previous episodes—will be short-lived in the memory of some gun-enthusiast politicians, who are influenced by money and politics.  The Gun Violence Archive, an independent data collection organization, has counted 212 mass shootings in the United States thus far in 2022. The recent shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, marked the 27th school shooting this year in the United States. The bipartisan gun reform push in the US Congress has failed and continues to fail to counteract the influence of the National Rifle Association (NRA) lobby as so many Republicans and some few Democrats remain beholden to this powerful lobby.  Many of these lawmakers and politicians could care less about American children, as they are extremely preoccupied with power and money to maintain their positions.  They seem even less likely to ban assault weapons in the interest of safeguarding children and ordinary people."

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