Questions I Ask Myself About Connecticut School Shooting - Juan Cole
Questions I Ask Myself About Connecticut School Shooting
Juan Cole, Informed Comment
14 December 12
I ask myself, ďWhy?Ē
Why do US cable news networks intensively cover these mass shootings, making it the only story for a day or two and prying into every detail of them, when they arenít interested in preventing them from happening again through banning semi-automatic weapons? Is it just, like, a natural disaster to them?
Why donít the news anchors or discussants ever bring up the simple fact that between 1994 and 2004, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994: The Federal Assault Weapons Ban prohibited assault weapons? The prohibition was not unconstitutional. Congress foolishly put in a 10-year sunset provision, and of course Bush and his Republican Congress allowed it to expire.
Why doesnít anyone blame George W. Bush for these mass shootings? Heís the one who led the charge to let the assault weapons ban expire. Why arenít the politicians in Congress who take campaign money from assault weapons manufacturers ever held accountable by the public?
Why donít the news programs bring up the reported moves of Sen. Diane Feinstein to prepare new legislation banning assault weapons and their accoutrements? Are they so afraid of the NRA that they canít even discuss the legislative process in public?