Enough is Enough
Digital print, 2018
As much as we love sharing posters from CSPG’s collection, sharing posters for the same tragic event over and over is infuriating. This week’s repeat offender is once again gun violence—there have been 40 mass shootings in the U.S. so far this year.
Saturday evening, 11 people were killed and 10 injured at a dance hall in Monterey Park, California, a majority Asian American community, during the Lunar New Year celebration of the Year of the Rabbit.
Sunday evening, 12 people were injured at a Baton Rouge, Louisiana nightclub.
Earlier this month in Goshen, California, a family of six were killed execution style outside their home.
After a 2019 mass shooting in New Zealand, the government amended their gun laws within weeks. There has not been a mass shooting since.
After a mass shooting in Britain in 1987, the government banned semiautomatic weapons, and after a 1996 shooting they also banned handguns. Britain now has one of the lowest gun-related death rates in the world.
A 1996 massacre in Australia resulted in the mandatory buybacks of guns and only one mass shooting has happened since.
While writing this newsletter, yet another mass shooting occurred in Half Moon Bay,
California, killing seven people.
Other countries have passed similar gun control laws in response to tragic mass killings. But not the US.
Last June, the US Supreme Court ruled that a New York law requiring permits to carry a concealed weapon was unconstitutional. The law had been in place since 1913. California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island have similar laws which may now be challenged.
In a country with more guns than people, and more gun violence than any other nation, what will it take?