David Simon, the creator of “The Wire,” shed light on the real reason the Republican-led Congress will continue to obstruct any efforts to stop mass shootings.
Simon, who also worked for over a decade as a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, told Salon that there is no chance that Congress will do anything to address mass shootings.
“I think Congress is the broken part of the American government,” he said. “It’s the part that can be easily purchased; the price of a representative is fairly cheap by the standards of mass capital.”
Simon also dismissed critics arguing that the massacre in Las Vegas that killed at least 59 people and injured over 500 should not be “politicized” or that it was “too soon” to talk about guns. The White House said Monday that it was “premature” to discuss gun policy because we “don’t know all the facts.”
“When it comes to gun culture in this country, our house is on fire,” Simon said. “We’re always told, don’t call 911 now, let’s wait a day. Let’s be respectful. I don’t have any regard for that anymore, I just think it’s an incredibly dishonest framework. Now is exactly the time to look at our gun culture and our gun laws.”
Simon went on to discuss how the NRA spends millions of dollars every election cycle to run ads against candidates to force them to support the group’s goals.
Simon said the politicians “live in terror” of the NRA, adding that he expects the group to put out a statement wishing more people in the crowd in Las Vegas had been armed themselves.
“We’re the only country… we have 8 percent of the world population and we have 50 percent of the mass killings,” Simon lamented. “If nothing happened after Newtown, dead school children, 27 dead school children, nothing’s going to happen now.”
“You can say what you want about we always had guns in this culture,” Simon said, but now guns have “16, 17, 18 rounds a clip, quick reload. The amount of damage you can do is geometric compared to what it was when it was six in the chamber, five in the chamber.”
“The technology has now reached a point… no Founding Fathers anticipated a 9 mm with quick reloads, enough to spray a street,” he said.
Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had 23 guns in his hotel room and 19 more at his home. Two of his rifles were equipped with “bump stocks,” which are legal tools to modify semi-automatic rifles to repeatedly pull the trigger using only the rifle’s recoil, essentially emulating a fully automatic rifle without running afoul of the law.
“We’re in a never-ending cycle here. At what point will there be enough guns in America?” Simon asked. “We have more than a gun per human being in the United States right now. At what point are we saturated?”
Watch the full interview with Simon below, via Salon: