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A Rising Cult of Violence - Another School Massacre in America

It happened again yesterday in the United States (US) - a massacre of 17 lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Broward County, Florida, the 18th school shooting in the US so far this year, and it is only mid-February. 

My deepest condolences to the families and students.

This latest school shooting is clearly indicative of a rising cult of violence fueled by easy access and availability of guns in America. And according to the New York Times, with this new tragedy, three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, have now come in the last five months. 

Fifty-nine people including the gunman died in another massacre at a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 01, 2017; another 27 died in a church shooting in Sutherland, Texas, on November 05, 2017. In 2016, 50 people including the gunman died in another massacre at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub.

The Parkland massacre resurrects sad memories of yet another school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, when 20 first-graders and six adults were killed. Since the Sandy Hook tragedy, as reported by the New York Times, there have been 273 school shootings across the US - 439 people have been shot, and a staggering 121 have been killed.

That the Parkland massacre suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, suspended from the school a year earlier, and in spite of warnings of his tendency to violence, was able to legally purchase the AR-15 gun used yesterday, underscores a far too easy access and availability to powerful automatic weapons in the US.

As politicians and policy makers debate mental health issues per gun ownership, the fact remains that too large an arsenal of powerful weapons remains available to the American public which is fueling a cult of violence. Common sense gun control laws must be enacted as a measure to combattling the early demise of so many souls.