Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Are COVID-19 deaths more relevant than gun deaths

Will Donald Trump's handling of the COVID-19 crisis eventually jaundice this country to the depths of the people beginning to ignore deaths from the virus as they have the deaths caused by gun violence?

People walking through Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, in March.
A Brooklyn cemetery

That would mean then that coronavirus deaths share the same level of importance as when someone dies from being shot. Minimal. My reasoning is, right now people are shot every day but no one is doing a damn thing about it. Not the American public, not Congress, nor the dufus sitting in the White House. There have been 14,032 gun deaths since the start of 2020, 80,004 COVID-19 deaths since we first learned of the virus in early January.

Just recently on February 23, a black man, Ahmaud Arbery, was killed in Georgia and it took 74 days before the state stepped in and applied justice. Former police officer Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, have been arrested and charged with murder...
"Will Day, 25, of Brunswick, who had known Arbery since first grade, said the revelations about law enforcement agencies refusing to act on arrestable evidence continued to vex him, even after the murder charges.
“If I had done something like that, if I had shot somebody, I’m pretty sure I would have my justice served to me the same day,” said Day, who is black. Since Arbery’s death he said he’s “just been staying in the house. It used to be enough just to stay out of trouble and keep your nose clean.”
Video of Ahmaud Arbery’s murder...

And here we go again says Charlie Warzel in the New York Times...
"The coronavirus scenario I can’t stop thinking about is the one where we simply get used to all the dying."
Sound familiar. like what's going on today in gun violence?  Here's a headline from the Oberlin (Ohio) Review: "American Apathy Perpetuates Gun Violence." Could not have been said better; I call these people the apathetics. Warzel continues...
"I first saw it on Twitter. 'Someone poke holes in this scenario,' a tweet from Eric Nelson, the editorial director of Broadside Books, read. 'We keep losing 1,000 to 2,000 a day to coronavirus. People get used to it. We get less vigilant as it very slowly spreads. By December we’re close to normal, but still losing 1,500 a day, and as we tick past 300,000 dead, most people aren’t concerned.'”
Watch Trump's foolish, illogical and laughable timeline on COVID-19 reaction...

When it comes to COVID 19, we know what the source of the problem is. It is solely in Donald Trump's lap, and my opinion of how many virus cases and deaths we can expect by December is grossly underestimated, as long as the White House maniac is in control. The question, of course, is, if we dump Trump in November, can we recover?  Yes, coronavirus must stay on the front burner right now, but we mustn't ignore gun violence.

One immediate action that must be taken is to ban firearms from all COVID-19 demonstrations. Common sense would say to ban guns from any large gathering of individuals, except military and law enforcement. Folks, these gun nuts are carrying around assault rifles, regularly used to kill numerous people in mass murders. The slightest spark could set these double-digits off into a rage that would no doubt result in hundreds of deaths.

Michelle Norris of the Washington Post says...
"We’ve gotten far too accustomed to the image of white protesters carrying paramilitary-level firearms in public spaces. The presence of guns — often really large guns — at protests has become alarmingly normalized. It is time to take stock of what that means."

She adds...
Armed protesters rally outside the New Hampshire State House in Concord, N.H., on May 2."Accepting and even expecting to see firearms at protest rallies means that we somehow embrace the threat of chaos and violence. While those who carry say they have no intention of using their weapons, the firepower alone creates a wordless threat, and something far more calamitous if even just one person discharges a round."
It would appear there might be hope today in the gun violence dilemma; the National Rifle Assn. is on the ropes and it looks like head gun nut, Wayne LaPierre, is going down with it. Over the years the NRA has been the one lobbying group most responsible for gun violence as they fight to put more guns on the street. But what we do about the coronavirus pandemic, well, that is currently dependent on one individual.

But we must not put the disease in the same discounted and neglected category as we have relegated gun violence.

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