On Saturday morning, Australian time, news broke of yet another school shooting in America.
Texas officials have charged a 17-year-old student with murder following the shooting of 10 people, including fellow students and teachers at his high school.
The Santa Fe High School shooting in Texas was the 22nd school shooting in the USA this year alone. 22 school shootings in a mere five months.
And in 2018 alone, twice as many Americans have died in school shootings than at war, according to U.S. military data and media reports of school shootings.
But shooting after shooting, there is no mention of gun reform or changes to gun laws.
Instead, we hear the same responses from American senators and President Donald Trump.
Messages of thoughts and prayers. And statements redirecting blame – to mental health and video games and any argument they can come up with – to ensure they never have to blame guns.
As congressman Ted Lieu wrote on Twitter, “There is nothing wrong with praying for victims and first responders… But there is something very wrong if that is all you do.”
In his 2014 Netflix special, Bare, Australian comedian Jim Jefferies broke down the sheer absurdity of America’s obsession with guns and their complete unwillingness to amend gun laws.
Referring to Australia’s 1996 Port Arthur Massacre, Jefferies recounted the success of Australia’s immediate changes to gun laws.
“In Australia, we had guns, right? Right up until 1996. In 1996, Australia had the biggest massacre on Earth. It still hasn’t been beaten. Now, after that, they banned the guns. In the 10 years before Port Arthur, there was 10 massacres,” he said.
“Since the gun ban in 1996, there hasn’t been a single massacre since.”
“The Australian government went, ‘That’s it! No more guns!’ And we all went, ‘Yeah, all right, then. That seems fair enough, really.’