Shai Stephenson is not happy with the federal government’s inaction on gun control.
An elementary teacher at a school in the Bronx, New York, she is starting a hunger strike to spur Congress into passing a series of reforms aimed at restricting 2A rights.
Those reforms include banning “assault rifles,” enacting “universal background checks,” creating a “purchase license” for firearms, establishing a 10-day “waiting period,” repealing the “laws that protect gun manufacturers (& dealers) from liability lawsuits” and permitting the “CDC to research gun violence.”
“My hunger is for the killing to stop. My thirst is for the United States to take its rightful place among other nations that have virtually eradicated mass shootings,” Stephenson wrote on her Facebook page.
Stephenson told local news affiliate News 12 Westchester that she is taking a gradual approach to the fasting.
“Right now, I am eating one meal a day, and in October, it’s going to look more like a traditional hunger strike where I will just be taking in fluids,” she said.
If Congress doesn’t capitulate to her demands by November, the young woman said she is prepared to up the stakes by reducing her diet to “water (salt, sugar, vitamins) for the month.”
Stephenson hopes that other gun-control activists will join her in her strike but also notes that it is “completely voluntary” and that one should consult his or her doctor if he or she is “seriously considering fasting.”
This movement, which she calls “Hungry4Change,” was started on Sept. 3 and has a total of 16 Facebook users “interested.”
Perhaps, instead of starving herself for the next few months, Ms. Stephenson should do a little research into gun-related violence and mass public shootings. If she did, she might realize that on a per capita basis, the murder rate from mass public shootings is higher in Russia, Norway, France, Switzerland, and Finland than it is in the U.S.
Looking at it from a macro perspective, the U.S. accounts for less than 3 percent of mass public shootings worldwide. Yet it has 4.4 percent of the world’s population. Therefore, it’s a mistake to believe that other nations have “virtually eradicated mass shootings” with radically stringent gun laws, as Stephenson argues, because the data says otherwise.
The hard truth is mass killers are as much of a problem (if not more of a problem) elsewhere as they are here. Pretending otherwise is to swallow the anti-gun narrative hook, line and sinker.
Oh, and it’s also worth mentioning that concealed carriers in the U.S. stopped 11.5 percent of active shooter incidents from 2000-2017. Turns out, putting firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens — as opposed to systematically disarming them via gun control — has the potential to thwart these events and save lives. Wonder what Ms. Stephenson would say to that? Maybe she’d like to discuss it over a hearty meal.