A convergence of different factors--genocide, slavery, wars, poverty, mental illness and presence of guns-- have turned the United States into the most violent society of all modern societies, says renowned American activist Joe Iosbaker.
“Violence in the US is a result of our country’s history. These mass murders are the most recent but really they are nothing new, the US has the most violent of histories of any modern society,” Iosbaker said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.
“Our country was founded on, first the genocide of millions of native peoples. Second the enslavement of Africans whose children after a bloody civil war were then locked out of citizenship for another century,” he added.
Iosbaker made the remarks after a new report indicates that there have been at least 17 mass shootings in US since the Newtown, Conn. massacre last December. The Huffington Post released the report on Wednesday two days after 13 people died in a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
He also pointed to Washington’s wars as the third reason for the high rate of violence in US society. “For the past century the US has fought one war after another.”
“Fourth: poverty and oppression by the rich,” Iosbaker said. “The history of class struggle in the US has been bloodier than any of other advanced industrial societies.”
“The US continues to have the most unequal distribution of wealth as well of any modern society and poverty is a form of violence on a daily basis.”
“Fifth, mental illness,” Iosbaker said. “The trauma of all this oppression is not mitigated by adequate mental health services. So many people go untreated
He mentioned easy access to weapons as the sixth reason for the high rate of violence in the US.
“So it is a system and all those pieces that meet together to create this violence society.”