The US is still very unusual when it comes to guns. But nothing changes.
It has only been five days since a gunman walked into a place of worship in Texas and opened fire, killing 26 people. But America is already moving on.
If you look at the online pages of major national newspapers, the mass shooting at the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church is no longer anywhere close to the top news. On Google Trends, it’s no longer among the top 50 topics that people are searching for.
We’ve seen this before — just a bit over a month ago, in fact. In October, a gunman killed 58 people at a country music concert in Las Vegas. The shooting drew national attention for a few days, and then the country moved on. Within a week, searches for information about the shooting dropped to a fraction of what they were before.
This, it seems, is just how the US deals with the worst shootings now. Some thoughts and prayers the first couple of days. Some big media coverage for a few days. And then people move on to the next news cycle, even as nothing changes.
Part of it may be that the news has been even faster-paced, particularly under the current White House. There’s been a wave of scandals involving sexual misconduct or harassment of women by famous men, from one of the country’s most famous comedians to big-time Hollywood executives. Allegations of potential pedophilia came out against a Republican candidate for the US Senate. There were elections on Tuesday.
Still, the way Americans have essentially shrugged off this mass shooting is not normal by international standards. When a man walked into a cafe in Port Arthur, Australia, and shot and killed 35 people in 1996, the tragedy engulfed Read More Here