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America Has Suffered 156 Mass Shootings In Just 153 Days

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153.

That's how many days have passed so far in 2019.

156.

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That's how many mass shootings there have been in America in those 153 days.

On Friday Virginia Beach surpassed in infamy Virginia Tech, Newtown, Orlando, Las Vegas, Sutherland Springs, Parkland, Aurora, and Pittsburgh for being the setting of the deadliest mass shooting this year in the United States.

Although statistically mass shootings constitute a fraction of America's more than 32,000 firearm deaths every year, the U.S. outpaces other developed countries in gun deaths.

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According to United Nations (UN) data, the U.S. experienced 29.7 firearm homicides per 1 million people in 2012. By contrast, Switzerland experienced 7.7 million; Canada, 5.1 million; and Germany, 1.9 million.

The U.S. comprises about 4.4 percent of the global population but has 42 percent of the world's civilian-owned guns. Empirical research proves settings where more guns are present increases the likelihood gun violence will ensue.

At a Democratic state convention in San Francisco on Saturday, Massachusetts Senator and presidential hopeful, Elizabeth Warren, stated:

"It's not just mass shootings... on sidewalks and playgrounds and people's backyards. It's happening family by family across the country. And it doesn't get the same headlines. And that is wrong."

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker already has a comprehensive plan for gun-control reform that includes licensing reform and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Speaking to CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, he said:

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"We are not helpless to stop this. This is a uniquely American problem. We have carnage in our country that no other nation sees."

He added:

"This idea that we are helpless to stop this, evidence points differently. We know that... licensing like Connecticut did, dropped gun violence in their state by 40%, suicides by 15%. We've allowed the debate to be framed by the corporate gun lobby which has... eroded common sense... enough is enough. We can do things about this problem. We know it. The only thing lacking seems to be a sense of moral urgency. But unfortunately after what happened in Virginia Beach, you see that growing."

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More Americans have been killed by Americans than foreigners or Western labeled so-called terrorists.

It amazes many how Western countries call some freedom fighters terrorists and ignore their own economic terrorism.

In Oklahoma bombing, the bomber was a white American. However, many non-Americans were given a hard time because of the event. For example, a Muslim person who flew from Oklahoma the same day was returned to the USA from London for questioning. He became sick and lost this trip/vacation/airline ticket. No entity compensated him for his loss of time/money.

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Endless wars aren't just for foreign nations which have oil or other resources plus a "dictator" who mismanages the country resulting in millions going to bed each night hungry, millions living in poverty, millions without water unfit for consumption, a decaying infrastructure, millions going bankrupt due to unaffordable healthcare, decaying quality education for the youth, thousands being killed on the streets, and no improvements in sight.

It's about time people wake up and realize the Deep States agenda is to reduce the world's population by 3,ooo,ooo,ooo (3 Billion) by the year 2050 with 100,000,000 (100 Million) of those being from the United States. These endless wars play a part in that along with unaffordable healthcare, poverty, lack of potable water, etc.

These daily endless wars of mass shootings on our streets go unmentioned by the Presstitute Media Propagandists in large part because they are fulfilling their part in the Deep State agenda and must remain in stealth.

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