The New York City and Los Angels are both experiencing a “flash flood” of violent crime in the wake of the mass shootings in the San Bernardino and Las Vegas shootings.
This weekend saw three people killed and two injured after a gunman opened fire in a crowded movie theater.
While the shootings did leave many people reeling, others are now blaming the violence on politicians, corporations and the media.
The New York Times recently noted that the national political scene is so polarized that Americans are looking for “a unified political position.”
Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times, citing the LAPD’s crime statistics, noted that “a flood of gunfire has shaken the nation.”
“We are witnessing the largest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, with the most people shot and killed in one weekend in a country with fewer than 50 million residents,” the paper said.
“The media is blaming politicians for all the problems and the public is blaming the politicians for the problems.”
But some are wondering if it’s time to stop blaming politicians.
There is already a growing movement calling for a nationwide “stop the violence” campaign.
According to a new study from the Center for American Progress, a new group of grassroots activists is planning to march on Washington in the fall.
A coalition of activists, including Black Lives Matter, the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council of La Raza, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, is calling for “stop and frisk” to be banned nationwide, with some groups saying the plan will lead to more crime.
In a statement, the group called for a “stop mass shootings” movement that would begin with a nationwide stop-and-frisk campaign.
The statement also called for an end to mass arrests and “stop policing as we know it.”
The statement continued: “We are asking all Americans to do something we can all agree upon: stop the violence.”