After six people were killed and more than 20 wounded in a West Texas shooting incident, Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said that mass shootings “absolutely are a homeland security threat.”
Meanwhile, McAleenan and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor both denied that the transfer of $155 million in FEMA funds to the construction of a-border wall would not affect preparedness for Hurricane Doria.”
McAleenan and Gaynor each are among hundreds of administration officials serving in an acting capacity, so there is doubt about their honesty and the independence with which they perform their duties.
The Trump administration has been widely criticized for its inaction in the wake of mass shootings; an obsession with building a wall, which would largely fail to keep out migrants according to experts; and the bizarre way of conducting affairs of state under the leadership of a deranged narcissist who has little experience with being accountable for his actions.
Devastation in Puerto Rico drew the worst federal response since the Katrina fiasco in 2005. Now, the category 4 hurricane bearing down on the southern U.S. coastline is expected to make landfall, providing an opportunity for Trump to screw up again, leaving American lives in peril.
Many wonder if the distracted and selfish Trump is even cognizant about real threats to ordinary people.
Sources say the president has offered pardons to officials who break the law in the course of building his border wall, fearing that without tangible fulfillment of some promises before the 2020 election, his base will turn on him.
Republicans have also disappointed Americans who demand action to reduce gun violence, despite the rash of high profile shootings that have occurred since President Donald Trump took over the White House.
Violent murders at Parkland and Orlando in Florida; Las Vegas, Nevada; El Paso, Sutherland Springs, Santa Fe High School and Dallas in Texas; and elsewhere are fresh on people’s minds.
Still, Republican leaders refused to take meaningful action to stem the tide of death and destruction.
Saturday’s West Texas shooting brings the number of mass killings in the U.S. so far this year to as many such mass killings as in all of 2018.
Annual deaths in the United States from mass shootings have increased since 1980 but the number rose dramatically during the Trump era and Republican leaders still refused to take meaningful action to stem the tide of death and destruction.
The Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit research group that tracks shootings and their characteristics in the United States, defines a mass shooting as an incident in which four or more people, excluding the perpetrator(s), are shot in one location at roughly the same time.
But if the powerful gun lobby is exerting influence on Trump Republicans to avoid responsibility after deadly shootings, it’s hard to see how anyone benefits from failing to adequately address hurricane response.
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