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Reducing this culture of violence — or even just this one instance of violence — as simply an issue of gun control erases and negates the real impact that white supremacy has in terrorizing.

In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, there's a blanket sense of hopelessness and frustration that is gripping people across the country. It's sobering to be confronted so directly with the violence that is so intertwined with this country's history of colonization and upholding white supremacy, yet here we are. Though the sadness and grief of knowing that the victims of the shooting have lost their lives, we must still acknowledge and understand the ways that we make this violence possible. Weapons are deadly, but it will never be enough to simply reduce these debates to gun-control. Reducing this culture of violence — or even just this one instance of violence — as simply an issue of gun control erases and negates the real impact that white supremacy has in terrorizing. The truth is that gun control is only one face of the issue — white supremacy reaches far more than one side of this. Gun control alone isn't enough to curb the culture of violence that certain groups of people have actively participated in and benefitted from. In and of itself, gun control could be yet another way to weaponize and control the access that marginalized people have to basic needs. By refusing to speak on other issues that have just as much impact on the ways that marginalized people find themselves victims and survivors of terror, we're inadvertently contributing to this culture of violence instead of breaking the cycle. That is something that we must reconcile and confront, first and foremost, before we can move forward.
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