Firearms are among the leading causes of death in America, with around 70 percent of all homicides involving a gun. Since 1997, the US has endured more than 50 mass shootings. Britain has witnessed just one and Germany three.
In the US, gun violence is a far greater threat than terrorism, firearms killing some 400,000 Americans since 2001. Over the same period, terrorism accounted for nearly 4,000 American deaths, most of the victims dying on 9/11.
With that in mind, one of the allegedly more reasonable candidates for the US presidential election tweeted the following on Tuesday evening.
America. pic.twitter.com/TeduJkwQF3— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) February 16, 2016
Jeb Bush, the presumptive Republican nominee at the start of the race, has spent the past eight months floundering, his campaign unable to gain traction amid the incessant attacks from businessman Donald Trump.
Either the former Florida governor is about to abandon his moderate approach, or he's off to hunt his nemesis on New York's Fifth Avenue. Either way, the post and the candidate were roundly mocked for the missive.
Delete your account. https://t.co/UT19AT3Qyg— Edward Snowden (@Snowden) February 16, 2016
America. pic.twitter.com/X92lI21LzT— Conz Preti (@conz) February 16, 2016
Ponder all the psychological anxieties and insecurities that would cause someone to post this https://t.co/3P4QQIV2HP— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 16, 2016
This is basically a version of the self-posted picture that ended Anthony Weiner's political career... https://t.co/3P4QQIV2HP— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) February 16, 2016
That a presidential candidate thinks this picture represents America ... how utterly horrible https://t.co/05NHPapDUI— Michael Cohen (@speechboy71) February 16, 2016
Btw, America experienced:— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 16, 2016
372 mass shootings in 2015
64 school shootings in 2015
33,599 deaths from firearms in2014 https://t.co/FLnHOOEnRr
I mean, is this literally a threat?— M.G. Siegler (@mgsiegler) February 16, 2016
"Elect me, America. Or else." https://t.co/PWV72Qr4Y9
It takes a certain level of sad desperation to be like "I'll just tweet a picture of a gun and the word America. That might work."— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) February 16, 2016
Their leading candidate thinks America isn't great. Their establishment candidate thinks America is a gun. https://t.co/JL1QfIPq3A— Anil Dash (@anildash) February 16, 2016