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One other week, one other mass taking pictures, one other bloody web page in America’s chronicle of gun violence – Instances of India


WASHINGTON: America‘s sickening chronicle of gun violence and police brutality turned another bloody page on Friday with yet another mass shooting, this time at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis where a lone shooter massacred eight people before killing himself. Separately, authorities in Chicago released bodycam footage that showed a cop firing at a 13-year old boy, killing him, even as the teen appeared to be raising his hands after, according to police, he tossed aside a gun.
The two unrelated developments triggered an outpouring of grief and outrage in a gun-rich and trigger-happy country that is simply unable to come to grips with endemic violence, both from its militarized police and distraught individuals. There was the usual “thoughts and prayers” for the victims amid anger and frustration at the unending cycle of violence, but there was no sign that anything is going to change soon.
The carnage in Indianapolis came on the heels of two similar incidents last month: Eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed at three spas by a lone gunman in the Atlanta on March 16; a week later, another gunman killed ten people in a grocery store in Boulder, Colorado. It was not clear if the unnamed gunman worked at the FedEx facility or what his motive was, and the dead were yet to be identified. One person of Indian-origin was among those injured, according to local tv reports.
The Chicago footage, of an incident that took place on March 29, came amid the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of the cold blooded murder after kneeling on the neck of a black man in Minneapolis, where another 20-year old black man died last week at the hands of a policewoman who says she mistakenly used her gun instead of a taser.
The unending cycle has violence has cranked up calls for gun control measures and police reform — ranging from defunding to disbanding the police — from progressive Democrats and liberals. “My god. How many more days will we go to bed shook by the tragedy of another child killed by police, and wake up to news of lives lost in another mass shooting, before we do what needs to be done in this country to stop these things??” tweeted Maya Harris, vice-president Kamala Harris‘ sister and a prominent civil rights lawyer in her own right.
But conservatives are digging in to preserve unconstrained gun rights they believe is written into the Constitution. One observer noted bleakly that “this is when the GOP jump in and say we need more guns, not less….let’s give everyone a gun and a box of ammunition when they turn 18, but they’re much too young and inexperienced to vote.”
Liberals also chafed at one right wing commentators’ description of the boy who was shot dead by police a Chicago as a 13-year old man while defending Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year old white vigilante accused killing two people with a AR-15 rifle. In a related development that has angered liberals, a data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed that serving police officers and public officials donated money for the defense of vigilante murderers, far-right activists, and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans.
The relentless cycle of violence has left the country numb with political discourse largely divided along party and ideological lines. According to one count, the US has had 45 mass shootings — defined as an incident that results in four or more casualties (dead or wounded) over the past month. That excludes police shootings. The system has become so inured to violence that the virtual execution of two Black youth by an off-duty police officer who suspected they were trying to break into a car barely five miles from the White House last week barely made a ripple in the national media.



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