PSA uses reverse psychology to push for assault weapons ban

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These of us who stay in america have an odd relationship with gun violence, irrespective of the place we fall on the beliefs-about-guns spectrum. Now we have to. Our mass shootings statistics are too weird, too absurd to be actual, and but right here we’re, consistently dwelling in a mixed state of denial, disbelief, disillusionment and despair.

We do not have to stay like this, and but we do. Due to a well-funded gun foyer, our extremely unhealthy ultra-partisan politics and debatable interpretations of the Second Modification, most significant items of laws put forth to curb our gun violence drawback do not get handed. Every little thing however the weapons will get blamed for our mass capturing drawback, so we hold reliving the identical nightmare over and over and over.

A gaggle of mothers lived that nightmare on the Fourth of July, when a gunman opened hearth on a parade in Highland Park, Illinois, killing seven and wounding 48. They instantly banded along with a singular goal—to persuade the federal government to ban assault weapons, that are more and more turning into the weapon of selection in mass shootings.


They shaped March Fourth two days after the parade capturing and arranged a march in Washington, D.C., lower than every week later. “I simply need to go to DC, scream on the high of our lungs that we would like these weapons of conflict banned, and never shut up till they hear,” stated founder Kitty Brandtner.

Her quote to WGN9 Information was much more succinct: “They f**ked with the unsuitable mothers.”

Now March Fourth is holding one other march on the Capitol on September 22 they usually’re inviting anybody and everybody to hitch them. In a strong PSA selling the march, People describe what they “love” and “take pleasure in” about dwelling with mass shootings—a little bit of reverse psychology that makes the absurdity of our actuality painfully clear.

The reality is nobody needs to stay this fashion. And we do not have to. We will select to take motion to not less than try to forestall mass gun violence. The assault weapons ban that was in place from 1994 to 2004 had an affect. One evaluation shared in The Dialog estimated that the danger of an individual within the U.S. dying in a mass capturing was 70% decrease in the course of the ban.

Earlier than somebody swoops in with the “How do you outline assault weapon?” argument, the present Assault Weapons Ban of 2021 invoice that has handed the Home and sits earlier than the Senate provides a prolonged definition of the sorts of firearms it contains proper up high. Learn it right here.

See extra details about becoming a member of March Fourth’s September 22 march on the U.S. Capitol at wemarchfourth.org.

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