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Aug 152019
 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

“24/7 Wall St. created an index to measure socioeconomic disparities between black and white Americans by congressional districts to identify the worst congressional districts for black Americans, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to 247WallSt.com author

“Unlike cities, towns, or counties, congressional districts are not managed by a central municipality. Because the typical congressional district represents about 700,000 people, districts vary in geographical size depending on population density and can span multiple cities or be encompassed within one city. No matter how large they are, the one thing residents of a given congressional district all share is the representative they send to Washington D.C. 

To determine the 30 worst congressional districts for black Americans, 24/7 Wall St. created an index consisting of six measures to assess race-based gaps in socioeconomic outcomes in each of the nation’s congressional districts. Creating the index in this way ensured that districts were ranked on the differences between black and white residents and not on absolute levels of socioeconomic development.

The seven measures — cost of living-adjusted median household income, poverty, adult high school and bachelor’s degree attainment, homeownership, and unemployment rates — are five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2017 American Community Survey. To better represent the actual disparities in purchasing power in these districts, all income figures referenced are adjusted for cost of living according to the district’s state using regional price parities from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. 

For each measure, we constructed an index from the gaps between black and white Americans. The index was standardized using inter-decile normalization so that outliers in the data would not skew results. We excluded districts where black residents comprised less than 10% of the population or where data limitations made comparisons between racial groups impossible.”

Here’s the  rankings of the Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks, including 25 Democrats and 5 Republicans U.S. House Members:

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#30 Florida’s 24th Congressional District along the Biscayne Bay from the northern part of downtown Miami to Hollywood.

  • Current representative: Rep. Frederica S. Wilson (Democratic Party), serving the district since 2011. Wilson currently sits on the Committee on Education and the Workforce and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
  • Poverty rate: 27.3% black; 14.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 13.9% black; 6.5% white
  • Homeownership rate: 42.3% black; 66.2% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#29 Connecticut’s 4th Congressional District covering cities like Stamford and Bridgeport.

  • Current representative: Rep. James A. Himes (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 17.1% black; 4.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 14.9% black; 5.6% white
  • Homeownership rate: 38.0% black; 78.3% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#28 Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District, a majority-black area covering the Mississippi Delta and much of the state’s border with Arkansas and Louisiana.

  • Current representative: Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (Democratic Party), serving the district since 1993.
  • Poverty rate: 36.5% black; 12.6% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.5% black; 6.3% white
  • Homeownership rate: 52.7% black; 79.6% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#27 Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, covering much of the state’s eastern border, including the cities of Monroe and Alexandria.

  • Current representative: Rep. Ralph Lee Abraham (Republican Party), serving the district since 2015. He is currently running for governor of the state.
  • Poverty rate: 41.2% black; 15.7% white
  • Unemployment rate: 12.9% black; 6.1% white
  • Homeownership rate: 44.5% black; 75.3% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#26 Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, located in the northern part of the state and covers the city of St. Louis (including Ferguson in the Greater St. Louis metroplex). 

  • Current representative: Rep. William Lacy Clay (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 26.1% black; 10.7% white
  • Unemployment rate: 14.4% black; 4.9% white
  • Homeownership rate: 40.4% black; 64.1% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#25 Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, covering parts of Detroit including parts of both Wayne and Oakland counties.

  • Current representative: Rep. Brenda L. Lawrence (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 28.2% black; 13.7% white
  • Unemployment rate: 17.7% black; 5.8% white
  • Homeownership rate: 46.7% black; 71.7% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#24 Florida’s 26th Congressional District, covering the southern tip of mainland Florida down to Key West. 

  • Current representative: Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Democratic Party), she defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Carlos Curbelo in the 2018 general election.
  • Poverty rate: 29.6% black; 11.0% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.3% black; 5.4% white
  • Homeownership rate: 45.9% black; 70.4% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#23 Ohio’s 13th Congressional District, located in northern Ohio and covers sections of the state from Youngstown west to Akron.

  • Current representative: Rep. Tim Ryan (Democratic Party), Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tim Ryan has served in Congress since 2003, and has represented the 13th Congressional District of Ohio since 2013.
  • Poverty rate: 36.8% black; 14.2% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.8% black; 6.4% white
  • Homeownership rate: 35.6% black; 69.0% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#22 Maryland’s 7th Congressional District, extending west and north from Baltimore, surrounding — but not including — the community of Towson.

  • Current representative: Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Democratic Party), served the district since his election in 1995. Cummings is currently the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.
  • Poverty rate: 23.4% black; 6.8% white
  • Unemployment rate: 12.6% black; 4.0% white
  • Homeownership rate: 45.9% black; 73.9% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#21 Arkansas’s 1st Congressional District, covers the entire eastern border of the state and extends as far west as Searcy County. 

  • Current representative: Rep. Eric A. “Rick” Crawford (Republican Party)
  • Poverty rate: 36.9% black; 15.8% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.4% black; 5.9% white
  • Homeownership rate: 41.0% black; 71.6% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#20 Illinois’s 12th Congressional District

  • Current representative: Rep. Mike Bost (Republican Party)
  • Poverty rate: 37.8% black; 13.1% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.1% black; 6.5% white
  • Homeownership rate: 37.8% black; 73.8% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#19 Illinois’s 13th Congressional District, located partially along the state’s western border with Missouri and extends east into the center of the state, is predominantly white, and socioeconomic outcomes are heavily lopsided along racial lines.

  • Current representative: Rep. Rodney Davis (Republican Party) has represented the district since 2013. Davis narrowly won reelection in 2018.
  • Poverty rate: 37.1% black; 14.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 14.2% black; 5.8% white
  • Homeownership rate: 30.3% black; 71.3% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#18 Florida’s 14th Congressional District, located on the northern side of Tampa Bay.

  • Current representative: Rep. Kathy Castor (Democratic Party), currently serves the west-central Florida district. Castor has been in congress since 2007, originally serving Florida’s 11th Congressional District. She has served the 14th Congressional District since 2013.
  • Poverty rate: 30.8% black; 10.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 13.0% black; 5.3% white
  • Homeownership rate: 30.3% black; 61.7% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#17 Illinois’s 1st Congressional District, a predominantly black area that stretches from just south of Chicago southwest into the interior of the state.

  • Current representative: Rep. Bobby L. Rush (Democratic Party), serving for the last 26 years. Rush most recently won reelection in 2018 with over 73% of the vote.
  • Poverty rate: 27.6% black; 7.0% white
  • Unemployment rate: 19.8% black; 6.3% white
  • Homeownership rate: 43.7% black; 83.1% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#16 New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, covering the southern end of the state and includes Atlantic City and Cape May.

  • Current representative: Rep. Jefferson Van Drew (Democratic Party). Van Drew took office in 2019 after winning the 2018 election. Rep. Frank LoBiondo, who opted not to run in 2018, had held the seat since 1995.
  • Poverty rate: 26.5% black; 7.5% white
  • Unemployment rate: 16.8% black; 7.6% white
  • Homeownership rate: 44.4% black; 81.6% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#15 Pennsylvania’s 2nd Congressional District, includes northeastern Philadelphia and extends northeasterly along the Delaware River.

  • Current representative: Rep. Brendan F. Boyle (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 31.1% black; 15.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.9% black; 4.5% white
  • Homeownership rate: 49.0% black; 52.4% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#14 Michigan’s 5th Congressional District, an industrial area on the state’s lower peninsula that stretches along the shore of Lake Huron, extending far enough north to include Tawas City, and far enough south to include Flint.

  • Current representative: Rep. Daniel T. Kildee (Democratic Party), served the district since 2013. Kildee recently won reelection in 2018, defeating Republican challenger Travis Wines.
  • Poverty rate: 38.0% black; 14.7% white
  • Unemployment rate: 21.9% black; 7.7% white
  • Homeownership rate: 48.3% black; 77.3% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#13 New York’s 13th Congressional District

  • Current representative: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (Democratic Party). The district was formerly held by Democrat Charles Rangel, a vocal civil rights proponent, who served in the House from 1971 until his retirement in 2017. The seat is currently held by Democrat Adriano Espaillat.
  • Poverty rate: 31.0% black; 14.1% white
  • Unemployment rate: 13.7% black; 5.5% white
  • Homeownership rate: 10.2% black; 20.8% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#12 New York’s 7th Congressional District, covering the eastern border of Brooklyn along the East River as well as parts of Queens and Manhattan.

  • Current representative: Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 30.8% black; 19.7% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.8% black; 4.3% white
  • Homeownership rate: 16.1% black; 30.2% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#11 Georgia’s 5th Congressional District, covering downtown Atlanta and parts of the surrounding area.

  • Current representative: Rep. John Lewis (Democratic Party), a congressman for the last 32 years and an outspoken proponent of civil rights.
  • Poverty rate: 27.8% black; 9.0% white
  • Unemployment rate: 14.4% black; 3.4% white
  • Homeownership rate: 38.0% black; 56.6% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#10 Ohio’s 9th Congressional District, located on the northern border of the state along Lake Erie, stretching from Toledo eastward nearly to Cleveland.

  • Current representative: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 37.8% black; 14.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 17.6% black; 7.2% white
  • Homeownership rate: 31.4% black; 66.9% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#9 New York’s 26th Congressional District, located along the western border of the state and includes Buffalo, the second most populous city in the state.

  • Current representative: Rep. Brian Higgins (Democratic Party), serving since 2005.
  • Poverty rate: 35.2% black; 11.5% white
  • Unemployment rate: 13.0% black; 4.8% white
  • Homeownership rate: 32.3% black; 69.0% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#8 Florida’s 21st Congressional District, located on Florida’s Atlantic coast, from West Palm Beach down to just north and west of Boca Raton.

  • Current representative: Rep. Lois Frankel (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 19.5% black; 8.7% white
  • Unemployment rate: 12.1% black; 6.6% white
  • Homeownership rate: 47.1% black; 79.3% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#7 Ohio’s 11th Congressional District, located in the northern part of the state and stretches from Cleveland and Akron.

  • Current representative: Rep. Marcia L. Fudge (Democratic Party) has served the area for the last decade.
  • Poverty rate: 34.5% black; 14.3% white
  • Unemployment rate: 18.4% black; 6.0% white
  • Homeownership rate: 38.2% black; 66.0% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#6 Ohio’s 1st Congressional District, covering much of the city of Cincinnati and borders Kentucky and Indiana.

  • Current representative: Rep. Steve Chabot (Republican Party). Republican Rep. Steve Chabot has served the majority-white district since 2011. Chabot also represented the district between 1995 and 2008, the year he lost his bid for reelection.
  • Poverty rate: 35.4% black; 9.2% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.5% black; 5.2% white
  • Homeownership rate: 30.1% black; 73.1% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#5 Wisconsin’s 4th Congressional District, including the city of Milwaukee, which is one of the most segregated cities in the country.

  • Current representative: Rep. Gwen Moore (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 35.6% black; 12.9% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.0% black; 4.6% white
  • Homeownership rate: 28.1% black; 59.3% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#4 Illinois’s 7th Congressional District, including Chicago and stretches westward into the interior of the state. 

  • Current representative: Rep. Danny K. Davis (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 32.8% black; 8.6% white
  • Unemployment rate: 20.0% black; 4.1% white
  • Homeownership rate: 31.0% black; 53.5% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#3 Illinois’s 17th Congressional District stretches through much of the northwestern portion of the state and includes parts of Peoria and Rockford.

  • Current representative: Rep. Cheri Bustos (Democratic Party) defeated incumbent Republican Congressman Bobby Schilling in 2012 and has served the district ever since.
  • Poverty rate: 39.8% black; 12.9% white
  • Unemployment rate: 21.6% black; 6.6% white
  • Homeownership rate: 31.3% black; 73.0% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#2 New York’s 25th Congressional District, borders Lake Ontario and includes the city of Rochester.

  • Current representative: Rep. Joseph D. Morelle (Democratic Party)
  • Poverty rate: 34.8% black; 8.2% white
  • Unemployment rate: 15.1% black; 4.7% white
  • Homeownership rate: 31.6% black; 72.2% white

 

Top 30 Worst US Congress Members Who Do NOT Bring It Home for Blacks

#1 Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, covering the city of Minneapolis.

  • Current representative: Rep. Ilhan Omar (Democratic Party), elected to represent the district in 2018.
  • Poverty rate: 37.2% black; 9.4% white
  • Unemployment rate: 12.3% black; 4.0% white
  • Homeownership rate: 19.8% black; 63.1% white

Worst Congressional Districts for Black Americans,”  August 14, 2019; “The Worst Cities For Black Americans,” November 9, 2018; 25 Most Segregated Cities in America,”  July 19, 2019; 25 Most Segregated Cities in America,”  July 18, 2019; America’s Fastest Shrinking Cities,”  March 14, 2019.

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The entire nation is horrified by the senseless mass shootings violence in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
 
Our prayers go out to the victims of this terrible violence, their families and friends, and the brave first-responders who charged into harm’s way.
 
Before 2015, a mass shooting (of 4 or more deaths including the shooter) occurred every 200 days (about 6 months)!
 
After 2015, a mass shooting occurs every 64 days (about 2 months)!
 
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At the same time, annually speaking, 92 people are killed daily with guns on average, 30 are homicides, 58 are suicides! Over 1.5 persons a day on average is killed by mass shootings!
 
In 2019 we could see rising approximately 22,000 gun-related suicides (by white men at 50%) and falling approximately 11,000 gun-related homicides (by young black men at 80%)! However, we could see at our annual current rate about 500-1200 persons killed from mass shootings in 2019!
 
They’re like airplane crashes or train wrecks – we rush to them, we have to watch, they garner most of our media attention, simply because they’re gun violence on a massive scale!
 

 
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No President has been able to get their arms around this gun violence issue in America – not Clinton, not The Bushes, not Obama, and not Trump! Some presidential problems are harder to solve than others! For the presidency is about ‘Preserving The U.S. Constitutional Rights’ alongside ‘The Guns & The Money & Foreign War-making Powers’ – but not extremely rare disaster-recovery events of domestic warfare!
 

 
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Photo Credit: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in El Paso and Dayton in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., August 5, 2019. REUTERS/Leah Millis

As CBS News Reports: “The amount of mass shootings across the U.S. so far in 2019 has outpaced the number of days this year, according to a gun violence research group. This puts 2019 on pace to be the first year since 2016 with an average of more than one mass shooting a day.

As of Aug. 5, which was the 217th day of the year, there have been 255 mass shootings in the U.S., according to data from the nonprofit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), which tracks every mass shooting in the country. The GVA defines a mass shooting as any incident in which at least four people were shot, excluding the shooter.

The toll of 255 mass shootings include five high-profile massacres in the past eight days, in which more than 100 people have been shot:

  • A shooting in a historic district of Dayton, Ohio, with nine people killed and 27 injured.
  • A shooting at Walmart in El Paso, Texas, with 22 people killed and at least 24 wounded. It was the deadliest shooting of the year.
  • A shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival in the San Francisco Bay Area, with three people killed and 15 injured.

Before the El Paso attack, the deadliest mass shooting of 2019 happened in a municipal building in Virginia Beach, where a former city employee killed 12 people and injured four.

The GVA said there have been 33,237 total shooting incidents, resulting in 8,796 gun deaths and 17,480 injuries, as of Monday afternoon.
 
The last time the mass shooting toll topped days of the year was 2016, which had 382 mass shootings — the most in any year since the Gun Violence Archive started keeping track. The past two years came close, with 346 mass shootings in 2017 and 340 in 2018.”
 
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Nonetheless, as ‘Crime in America’ has sharply decreased in the last 30 years, ‘Crime in America’ has become much more LETHAL! Mass shootings, homicides, gang violence, suicides (mental illnesses or depression or drug addiction or diseases)!
 
With over 300M Guns in America comprised of 350M Americans, only 350 of these guns fall into the hands of mass shooters annually on-average nowadays. Nonetheless, as a social crisis hitting the American social fabric, gun-related deaths now exceeds deaths by AIDS, Drugs, Iraq-Afghanistan Wars and Terrorisms COMBINED!
 
This is now a social, technological, education, economic, and political (STEEP) Challenge Shaping America’s Societal Tapestry!
 
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Photo Credit: Vice President Mike Pence follows President Donald Trump as he arrives to speak about the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

 
We are talking about prediction of extreme rare events across American society, and only 5% of mass shootings and violence come from mental health illnesses.
 
Given that the El Paso and Dayton shooters were of the age co-hort of millennials, it calls the question of what are the social conditions of millennials within the American social fabric.
 
  • Millennials are 36% of America’s voting block!
  • 25% Millennials say they don’t have friends and feel isolated using just social media digital only interactions and technological communications!
  • 35% Millennials say they don’t go to church!
  • 33% Millennials say they live at home with a single parent indicating some concerns for the family as an institution!
However, here is where these millennials largely see the political gun-control debate resides: License & Registration, Give a Reason to Buy a Gun, Safety Training & Storage (On the Left) vs. Constitutional 2A ‘Right to Bear Arms’ (On the Right).
 
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All President Trump needs to do is look to the State of Texas for his politically-integrated national gun policy solutions that could satisfy what the left calls for in gun-controls as well as what the right calls for in our constitutional right to bear arms!
 
For instance, to carry handguns on the State of Texas’ University campuses, gun-owners are guided by the following three law-abiding rules:
 
  1. Must have a LTC (license to carry) or a CHL (concealed handgun license).
  2. Weapon must be concealed at all times.
  3. Follow Penal Code 30.06 (exclusionary zones)
 
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Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida
 
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In memoriam  
 
February 15, 2018
 
“Seventeen people died on Wednesday when a former student entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire. As the community and the country grieve, names and details of the victims are gradually emerging. Here is some of what is known about the students and administrators who were killed in the tragedy.”
 
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Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Parkland, Florida
 
THE WHITE HOUSE

February 15, 2018

Our Nation grieves with those who have lost loved ones in the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on February 14, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 19, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.”

DONALD J. TRUMP

Our Holy Bible inside the Book of Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 says:
“He Gives Life’s Order of Events:
There’s an appointed time for everything. And there’s a time for every event under heaven — 
 
A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what’s planted. 
 
A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up. 
 
A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance. 
 
A time to throw stones and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace and a time to shun embracing. 
 
A time to search and a time to give up as lost; A time to keep and a time to throw away. 
 
A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak. 
 
A time to love and a time to hate; A time for war and a time for peace.”
 
And now, Here’s our time to speak.
 
Americans have some hard choices to make about gun control and constitutional rights to bear arms in the emotional wake of “a 19-year-old man who had been expelled from his Florida high school was held on 17 counts of murder on Thursday, February 15, 2018, the morning after authorities say he opened fire at the school, unleashing one of the deadliest school shootings in U.S. history, recounts also Reuters. “Amid continued string of mass shootings, gun control is going nowhere in Congress,” reports CNN, as here are ten things the Parkland school shooting won’t change.”
 
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Or, in the horrific wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, or in the stunning wake of U.S. House Majority Whip (R-La.) Steve Scalise’s recount of the harrowing moments within a minute from death after he was shot at a 7 o’clock in the morning congressional baseball game recently back in June 2017 in northern Virginia.

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America’s hard choices in the wakes of these emotional tragedies are not merely to support or oppose gun control, but to make the hard choices in the ongoing debate on who can own which guns under what conditions to protect ourselves, our families, our schools, our churches, our businesses, and our government (comprised of and representing us).

Historically speaking, total numbers of firearm-related incidents have actually fallen through the decades. Before 1993, the number of people killed or wounded by firearms skyrocketed. Thereafter, America has seen a precipitous drop in deaths due to firearms, including fatal firearms accidents reduced to approximately 40 percent in the last decade, and nowadays reduced to as high as 49 percent, according to the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) conservative think-tank, with such fatal firearms accidents statistics resting now at their lowest levels ever chronicled. 

Of the 31,224 people who died from gun violence, according to recent data reports on TIME.com, 12,632 people died from murderous gun violence, and the difference of 18,592 people died from self-inflicted suicide by gun fire, mostly by white men statistically.

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Source: TIME.com

I’m at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas, where this small, very conservative community still holds onto its constitutional second amendment rights and liberties.

“The right to bear arms” was bestowed to the American citizenry by the framers of the constitution, who guarded against an over-reaching government. And, the framers included that right in the constitution before many other bills of rights, such as “the right to trial by jury, and the prohibitions against illegal search and arrest.”

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Source: Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, “Why Own a Gun? Protection Is Now Top Reason,” www.people-press.org, Mar. 12, 2013

Be that as it may, the issue of gun ownership has remained one of the most contentious debates in this country. Given there are over 250 million guns across the American social fabric today, there are currently over 35,000 gun-control laws on the books in this nation, which attempt to control a right that the constitution says “shall not be infringed,” and many of these laws include total gun bans in many American cities (not inclusive to several states as Texas).

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Source: FactCheck.org (2013), Top 10 States with lowest gun-related death rates (in blue); Top 10 States with highest gun-related death rates (in orange)

The FBI had a clear tip on January 5, 2018 of the intent and clear capabilities of a former student, who entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire, mass killing seventeen innocent people. 

As reported on February 16, 2018 in the Washington Examiner: “Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered an “immediate review” of the Department of Justice and FBI after officials failed to follow up on a tip that Nikolas Cruz, who shot up his former Florida high school on Wednesday, could be a threat.

The FBI admitted that “protocols were not followed” in this case, and Sessions said a full inquiry would be made.

“It is now clear that the warning signs were there and tips to the FBI were missed. We see the tragic consequences of those failures,” Sessions said in a statement.

Sessions said he has ordered Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to conduct an “immediate review of our process” at the Justice Department and FBI “to ensure that we reach the highest level of prompt and effective response to indications of potential violence that come to us.”

“This includes more than just an error review but also a review of how we respond. This will include possible consultation with family members, mental health officials, school officials, and local law enforcement,” the attorney general said.

Sessions called the review a “top priority.”

Remarkably, the FBI finds the top weapon of choice of criminals involved in violent crimes they’ve investigated ironically is “a baseball bat” (categorized below as #9 non-firearm homicides just above #10 firearm homicides in a December 9, 2012 bar-charted statistical data comparison of Top 10 “Killers” of citizens in the U.S.).

“Why is there NO outcry to RESPECT baseball bat ownership?” asks second amendment advocates, “maybe because so many law-abiding citizens enjoy (baseball bats) safely, for sport.”

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And so, the debate continues with the central questions being exactly what rights do Americans have with their ability to protect themselves and their property? And how far can the government go to either violate or protect these rights?

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Source: Business Insider (2016), “Where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on gun control”

Our ongoing and continuing gun ownership debate is a longstanding part of the sociopolitical process in this nation. And, it will continue to surface in public reaction to future extreme disaster events and recovery, like the history-making Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay 32nd floor and Parkland, Florida high school shooting massacres, or the nightly gun killings on the harsh streets of several American cities, like Baltimore, Detroit, Chicago, or Los Angeles.

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Just as important, all law-abiding Americans have the inalienable rights to their United States Constitutional Bill of Rights – all of them, including the 2nd Amendment “right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

Our third U.S. President Thomas Jefferson said,

The greatest danger to American freedom is a government that ignores The Constitution.”

And, our first U.S. President George Washington said:

A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”

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Parkland, Florida (and even Las Vegas) active shootings and massacres are a wake up call to protect our schools (and open arenas) on the grounds with undercover “School Marshals,” much like we now protect our airplanes in the sky with undercover “Sky Marshals” after the 9-11 Terrorists Attacks!

Are folks inside our airplanes more important assets to protect than our children inside our schools? No way! This is all about protecting people more than devices, right?

Therefore, my advice is to consider all combinations of legal frameworks and social education of domestic safety and Homeland security of our citizenry, and not just simply ‘following the herd in sociopolitical reaction after Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay 32nd floor extreme event of a suicidal madman’ randomly shooting into a crowd of 40,000 peacefully festive concertgoers. Or, most recently, perhaps as some kind of horribly warped symbolism on St. Valentine’s Day on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, a young gunman, involved in yet another extreme event of a Florida high school shooting, is being held by authorities on 17 murder counts of high school children.

Remember, we all are the future of our country and the protector of both civil and human rights of all of us as citizens!

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APPENDIX
 
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President Donald Trump’s Address to The Nation on the Florida High School Tragedy

Below is the transcript of President Donald Trump address to the nation on Thursday, February 15, 2018, as released by the White House, a day after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, left at least 17 dead.

My fellow Americans, today I speak to a nation in grief. Yesterday, a school filled with innocent children and caring teachers became the scene of terrible violence, hatred and evil.
 
Around 2:30 yesterday afternoon, police responded to reports of gunfire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — a great and safe community. There, a shooter, who is now in custody, opened fire on defenseless students and teachers. He murdered 17 people and badly wounded at least 14 others.
 
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Our entire nation, with one heavy heart, is praying for the victims and their families. To every parent, teacher, and child who is hurting so badly, we are here for you — whatever you need, whatever we can do, to ease your pain. We are all joined together as one American family, and your suffering is our burden also.
 
No child, no teacher, should ever be in danger in an American school. No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.
 
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Each person who was stolen from us yesterday had a full life ahead of them — a life filled with wondrous beauty and unlimited potential and promise. Each one had dreams to pursue, love to give, and talents to share with the world. And each one had a family to whom they meant everything in the world.
 
Today, we mourn for all of those who lost their lives. We comfort the grieving and the wounded. And we hurt for the entire community of Parkland, Florida, that is now in shock, in pain, and searching for answers.
 
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To law enforcement, first responders, and teachers who responded so bravely in the face of danger: We thank you for your courage. Soon after the shooting, I spoke with Governor (Rick) Scott to convey our deepest sympathies to the people of Florida and our determination to assist in any way that we can. I also spoke with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel.
 
I’m making plans to visit Parkland to meet with families and local officials, and to continue coordinating the federal response.
 
In these moments of heartache and darkness, we hold on to God’s word in scripture: “I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you.”
 
We trust in that promise, and we hold fast to our fellow Americans in their time of sorrow.
 
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I want to speak now directly to America’s children, especially those who feel lost, alone, confused or even scared: I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you, and who will do anything at all to protect you. If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader. Answer hate with love; answer cruelty with kindness.
 
We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life, that creates deep and meaningful human connections and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors.
 
Our administration is working closely with local authorities to investigate the shooting and learn everything we can. We are committed to working with state and local leaders to help secure our schools, and tackle the difficult issue of mental health.
 
Later this month, I will be meeting with the nation’s governors and attorney generals, where making our schools and our children safer will be our top priority. It is not enough to simply take actions that make us feel like we are making a difference. We must actually make that difference.
 
In times of tragedy, the bonds that sustain us are those of family, faith, community, and country. These bonds are stronger than the forces of hatred and evil, and these bonds grow even stronger in the hours of our greatest need.
 
And so always, but especially today, let us hold our loved ones close, let us pray for healing and for peace, and let us come together as one nation to wipe away the tears and strive for a much better tomorrow.
 
Thank you. And God Bless you all. Thank you very much.”
 

#Video, Full Transcript of #Trump #WhiteHouse Speech After #LasVegas Shooting Massacre

In like fashion, President Trump’s speech from the White House on October 3, 2017 in the aftermath of the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay 32nd floor active shooter massacre was Spiritual and Godly. And, his speech established the perfect tone in a masterful use of his presidential powers of persuasion and compassion in the nation’s hour of need to have our president unite us as safe and secure citizens of community, equality and liberties.

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The president praised law enforcement for their bravery in rapidly tracking down the (now deceased from suicide) active shooter, Stephen Paddock, 64, high atop Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay 32nd floor (unleashing several hundred rounds of bullets from automatic weaponry through a busted out window) over 40,000 concertgoers at the nearby Route 91 Harvest country music festival site Sunday evening, shortly after 10pm PT (1am ET), saying that “in moments of tragedy and horror, America comes together as one” in the wake of the largest domestic mass shooting in modern U.S. history, killing nearly 58 people and injuring and hospitalizing over 500 other concertgoers. 

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