A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted May 18th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
One day after U.S. President Joe Biden travelled to Buffalo, New York to pay homage to the 10 victims of a murderous, white-supremacist driven rampage this past Saturday, May 14th and five days after it happened, it already appears that cable news channels in the United States are moving away from covering this massacre.
That is not all that unusual. You can go back to the shooting slaughter of children at the Sandy Hook school in Connecticut a decade ago and all of the other mass shootings, they very quickly become little more than statistics in an America that prizes the right to purchase military-style assault weapons more than human lives.
But before the Buffalo massacre is left behind completely, there was a moving, tearful remembrance of the 10 victims on MSNBC’s program, The 11th Hour, by host Stephanie Ruhle this past May 16th that you can watch by clicking the screen below –
Finally, so much for regularly travelling across the border to the American side.
Members of my family and I in Niagara, Ontario have travelled to visit friends and favourite places in the U.S. for as many decades as I can remember. But in the wake of Trump, the level of violence and hate in that country has grown to a level where going there seems undesirable and dangerous.
In the days since the Buffalo mass shooting, I have talked to other Canadians who feel the same.
Too bad, yet it is doubtful that even scaring neighbours in Canada away will compel Americans to do anything about their culture of gun violence and racism.
With the Trump cult overtaking the country, that culture is only likely to grow like a cancer that continues to wreak havoc and kill.
Sad to watch what has become of what was once such a promising country.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
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