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We discuss the massacre in Texas, and the fact that the perpetrator had bought his weapons and ammunition legally. Abbott had preciously slashed $211 M from the mental health oversight agency. However, it is the case that mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims, rather than the perpetrators of gun deaths.
Weapons are part of the MAGA cult, and they proved it by the attendance of the NRA convention in Houston, days after the event, though weapons were not allowed in the meeting venues. There were plenty of opportunities to buy during the convention, however. Policies pursued after such horrific events have made it ever easier to buy weapons.
We discuss how political economics have brought about shortages, especially shortages of baby formula, and other staples. The government has guaranteed monopoly to Abbott Manufacturing, But we continue to put faith in the “free market”, and when it fails, the administration is blamed.
There are many consequences of COVID: long Covid, medical bankrupties, general depression among people, especially the young.
Lincoln Mitchell teaches in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.He covers the politics of NYC and San Francisco as well as International politics. He is the author of seven books and is a frequent contributor to CNN Opinion, the San Francisco Examiner and Brussels Morning.
Val Endress received her B.S. and M.A. from Ball State University. She then earned her Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1996.Endress is an Associate Professor of Communications at Rhode Island College. Endress is part of Rhode Island College's role in the American Democracy Project, and the driving force behind DebateWatch 2004 & 2008, Open Books-Open Minds project, and the VISTA/AMERICORPS Service Learning program. She is also a well-respected political analyst for the Rhode Island news media.
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Alex Sammon a staff writer at The American Prospect. He’s a former columnist and feature writer for the New Republic and former contributing politics writer at Pacific Standard. His work has also appeared in n+1, Wired, and Mother Jones.