By: Karl Nelson, Social Media Manager, @KarlNelsonJR on Twitter
Armstrong Williams hosted a special TownHall, “Tipping Point,” on Monday, May 14th, on WJLA-TV. Williams and his guests discussed where America is today and the “tipping point” that many young people have appeared to reach. Just look at the numerous cases of senseless violence, especially the number of mass shootings that have occurred in recent years.
Let’s take things a step further though.
I’d challenge you to look at this country’s history and ask yourselves a question: Didn’t we reach a tipping point in this country decades ago?
I believe so. That’s evident when you look at the enslavement of black people, the Holocaust, both international and domestic terrorism, police brutality, the lack of a moral compass among people in this society, mass shootings, and the list goes on.
Although we’ve taken strides as a country, I believe it’s the things I just mentioned above that have caused many Americans to say: “Enough is enough.” And while there’s no question that we’re currently at a tipping point as Americans, if anything, we’ve reached a “new” tipping point because this is in no way, shape or form the first or the worst tipping point we’ve arrived to as a society.
If you don’t believe me, take a trip down memory lane and look at the pain and suffering that individual social groups and the country as a whole has experienced and even endured.
As a matter of fact, since the “Tipping Point” TownHall zoned-in on the recent violence among young people, here’s a timeline of the “deadliest U.S. mass shootings” dating back to 1984, courtesy of the Los Angeles Times and CNN. | KMN
The following list has been edited due to length.
May 18, 2018 -- At least eight killed in Santa Fe, Texas
March 20, 2018 -- Two injured (one of the victims was put on life support) in Lexington Park, Maryland
March 2, 2018 -- Two killed in Mount Pleasant, Michigan
February 14, 2018 -- At least 17 killed in Parkland, Florida
January 23, 2018 -- Two killed, 16 injured in Benton, Kentucky
October 1, 2017 -- 59 killed, more than 500 injured in Las Vegas
June 12, 2016 -- 49 killed, 58 injured in Orlando nightclub shooting
December 2, 2015 -- 14 killed, 22 injured in San Bernardino, Calif.
September 16, 2013 -- 12 killed, three injured in Washington, D.C.
December 14, 2012 -- 27 killed, one injured in Newtown, Conn.
July 20, 2012 -- 12 killed, 58 injured in Aurora, Colo.
November 5, 2009 -- 13 killed, 32 injured in Ft. Hood, Texas
April 3, 2009 -- 13 killed, four injured in Binghamton, N.Y.
April 16, 2007 -- 32 killed, 17 injured in Blacksburg, Va.
April 20, 1999 -- 13 killed, 24 injured in Columbine, Colo.
October 16, 1991 -- 22 killed, 20 injured in Killeen, Texas
June 18, 1990 -- 10 killed, four injured in Jacksonville, Fla.
August 20, 1986 -- 14 killed, six injured in Edmond, Okla.
July 18, 1984 -- 21 killed, 19 injured in San Ysidro, Calif.