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By Kurtis Adigba
There have been 22 school shootings in the United States of America this year. In these shootings, so many young people and their teachers, had been cut down in their prime.
America is today losing more lives to school shootings than in wars and terrorist attacks. In all these, the Republican party, the party in control of the government( presidency and congress) has maintained sealed lips on efforts to curb access to guns, also known as gun control. The party and it’s top operatives; including the president, Trump, Senate leader, McConnell, and Speaker Ryan, are all beholden to the NRA, the powerful gun lobbyists.
The NRA, National Rifle Association, spent so much more in helping Trump and many Republicans to power. After the Parkland School shooting in Florida, president Trump, proposed some sensible gun control mechanism such as upping the age of who can legally buy a gun, and an expanded background checks. But with a push back from the NRA, the president beat a quick retreat.
After every shooting, leading to loss of lives, we get is the usual umbrage and not action. The Democrats are willing to work the Republicans to put in place a sensible gun reforms, but this is an issue no Republican, most especially those in competitive races in the November mid-term elections are willing to touch with a long pole.
Last night on Jake Tapper show, a young girl from Santa Fe school who survived the latest shooting was asked if she was surprised that it happened in her school? Her reply was shocking. She said” I knew it was going to happen here because it has happened in so many places without any action to stop it. It was when and not if”.
This is happening in America of all places! Toxic politics can destroy any country.
God bless Nigeria.
Kurtis Adigba is the Principal Partner at Kurtis Adigba and Company.