If there was an active shooting situation taking place in your town or near your home, would you want to be alerted to that threat?
Most rational people would emphatically say yes to that question, and yet there are Republicans in Congress who are vehemently opposed to creating a system that would provide alerts on your cell phone when there’s a violent incident which could threaten you.
The Active Shooter Alert Act of 2022 is expected to pass Congress this week, and it’s purpose could not possibly be more timely, as the National Education Association explained in their letter of support:
The legislation would create a national system for sending AMBER-style alerts during an active-shooter emergency. This would be crucial in disseminating accurate information quickly, warning people in the vicinity who are vulnerable. A national coordinator would work with state and local governments to coordinate elements of the network and establish procedures for responding to active shooters. Additionally, the legislation would require the Government Accountability Office to study and report on state and local responses to active shooters and situations requiring that a public alert or warning be issued.
That’s a win-win situation for everyone, and yet Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) — who allegedly likes to hang out around underage kids for his own perverted reasons — spoke against the bill today on the floor of the House, remarking:
“One has to ask, what is the true purpose of this bill? Why do the Democrats want to use the power of government to bombard your cell phone with active shooter alerts 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
“It’s because they want you to be afraid of the Second Amendment. It’s because they want you to be afraid of responsible gun ownership.
“And they hope that if they program you and bombard you long enough that you’ll hate your own Second Amendment rights, or that you may tattle on your neighbor who is lawfully and rightfully exercising theirs. The American people should not fall for this.”
What in the hell?! This country has already seen 330 mass shootings so far this year. We had 692 of them in 2021. But we should fail to inform people because their cell phone will be bombarded?
Here’s what Gaetz is really worried about: If people start seeing how many mass shooting incidents happen close to where they live, there will be increased calls by voters for more sensible gun control laws, which would negatively impact the congressman’s paymasters who produce weapons of mass murder.
More information is always a good thing, no matter the problem. Active shooter notices on our phones are long overdue, and if Gaetz doesn’t want to get them on his device, he can always choose to keep his phone off, especially when he’s trolling the mall for little girls.