Opinion | Ohio shooter killed 9 people in 30 seconds — Civilians don’t need that kind of firepower

There is only so much to say: America has a white supremacist terrorist issue, and they all have way too much access to machine guns.

If you listen to Representative Kevin McCarthy, he will proclaim the issue is video games. It didn’t used to be like this — not until violent video games.

But Grand Theft Auto first came out in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, and there have been over 2,000 mass shootings since Sandy Hook in 2012. That timeline doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Nah, it doesn’t make any sense.

And as for it being a mental health issue — why

If you listen to certain circles in conservative news, they’ll brag about how the Dayton, Ohio gunman was brought down in 30 seconds, and that it could have been so much worse. And while it is important to acknowledge how quickly law enforcement responded, it ignores the big issue: the shooter was able to kill 9 people in a mere 30 seconds. What kind of civilian has access to weaponry like that? Why is that allowed?

I have arguments and evidence at the ready regarding the seriousness of these issues, but the only people left to argue with about them don’t particularly care about the facts. Anything besides the obvious — we have a white supremacy issue and we have far too many guns in this country — is an argument in bad faith. Anybody not convinced by now is not worth the energy. Let us pass gun control. Let us condemn white supremacy as terrorism. Let anyone who grumbles about it grumble. There is no logic in this world that will convince someone they are wrong to emotionally cling to a bad ethos.

An overwhelming majority of citizens want common sense gun reform. When the people of a republic demand something very doable that the government refuses to do, can we truly still call ourselves a republic?

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Caitlin Cohen

Caitlin Cohen graduated from Boston University with a degree in History. She has written for DeadState for three and a half years. She technically speaks French. She lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and has big plans to one day get a dog.