Don’t politicize mass shootings? The Orlando mass shooting was politicized before it ever happened. Politicized by the NRA, which, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, pumped $4.4 million into North Carolina Sen. Tom Tillis’ 2014 campaign, either indirectly or via opposition spending.
Politicized again on Dec. 3, when both North Carolina senators voted against prohibiting those on the FBI’s terror watch list from purchasing assault weapons.
And it was politicized when North Carolina’s Republican legislature passed HB2, targeting the LGBT community with a message of hatred and prejudice. Violence against women, against LGBTs, against racial minorities is political because sexism, homophobia and racism are political.
Politics is about power. And money. Money that pours into gun manufacturers after every mass shooting. Money with which to buy senators and legislators, and the power to decide how many will die next.
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The massacre of innocent schoolchildren is a political decision. A deliberate political decision. A decision that could have been otherwise. Forty-nine dead in Orlando, 26 in Newtown, 14 in San Bernardino. How many is too many? For the NRA, the gun industry and North Carolina’s senators, it would appear that no number is too high. Because it’s all political.