Robinson: Gun violence is here to stay
Firearms collected at a May 2022 gun buyback event in Milpitas. Photo courtesy of the office of Supervisor Otto Lee.

    Over 129 mass shootings so far this year. Three nine-year olds died yesterday. The usual hand wringing in the media was in full force. Parents are outraged that no new gun safety laws are forthcoming. As Yogi Berra once said, “It’s de ja vu all over again.”

    Yet national polls show about 45% of the public would vote for a traitor, former President Donald Trump. Gun safety is not his priority. What is wrong with voters in this nation? Our current president does what he can, but our Congress is impotent and we have a Supreme Court openly hostile to rationality, basic freedom and stare decisis.

    Santa Clara County is not immune to gun violence. A 2022 county report on gun violence showed it costs $1.2 billion annually, in addition to the needless deaths. A mass shooting at VTA that left 10 people dead made national news in 2021. It’s a national epidemic.

    Gun violence has now surpassed auto accidents as the greatest killer of children in the United States. And the shooters are getting younger: a six-year-old shot his teacher in a Virginia city I recently visited, and it scared me to death. Open carry on the streets, Trump flags everywhere, stop the steal signs—it was an alternate universe. Is it any wonder a six-year-old had a gun at school?

    There are no quick and easy answers. As long as Republicans, the NRA and the current Supreme Court exist there will be not national action on gun violence. Local action is increasingly prohibited.

    But understand this: nobody is safe. Schools, workplaces, theaters, concerts, malls, even the Gilroy Garlic Festival, have been venues for shootings. It will not abate even with the overwhelming support of voters. The die is cast and die we will—there is literally no place to hide, at least in America.

    San José Spotlight columnist Rich Robinson is a political consultant, attorney and author of “The Shadow Candidate.” His columns appear every fourth Wednesday of the month.

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