Charlotte, North Carolina has been brought to a standstill by rowdy protesters after a local African-American man was shot dead by police. On Friday night, another shooting took place in a mall in Burlington, Washington state. A suspect fled the scene after killing four females and one male. So far, there is no evidence to show the case is connected to terrorism. Then on Saturday night, a shooting in Baltimore injured least eight people.
The recent shootings obviously reveal the severity of the dysfunction of social governance in the US. In 2015, 13,000 people were shot dead in the US, and in 372 instances, there were more than 4 casualties. This year, brutal law enforcement and abuse of legal weapons by the police have caused 706 deaths.
What's worse is that US authorities seem determined not to address the grave problem. This major threat to US citizens can always slip by political rhetoric and the media's fleeting attention, remaining intact after so many similar incidents.
US people might have been long concerned about the gun problem, but they don't know how to deal with it. Crippled by partisan politics and gun-related groups with vested interests, Obama's eight-year effort to control guns has proven to be an empty promise.
A thought seems to be shared by more people in the US: They do not feel safe any more without guns in their hands. The rising fear shows how US people are losing trust in their government and their ability to provide sufficient security. Since more people tend to own guns, law enforcement becomes highly risky, and the likelihood of innocent people being killed by police increases.
Although racial problems are not issues in the US Constitution, the broad gap between different races is still haunting and ripping the country apart. Racial segregation still exists in US cities.
Well-funded white neighborhoods are usually well-protected, while poorly supported black ghettos are usually marked by high crime rates. As the majority of the US police force is white, they might feel more threatened by non-whites rather than the whites. Their natural response to the situation might lead to more wrongful enforcements, which, if observed from a general social perspective, is racism.
It must be pointed out that in the developed world, the US is most disturbed by racism. As concerns and protests have dramatically risen in recent years against random shootings and police abuses, US social governance in this regard is spinning out of control. The US makes little progress in improving this aspect of its human rights. It uses strong national strength to cover the blot on its face.
The right to life is the priority in human rights. Although the US used to have quite a positive record in safeguarding human rights, it now faces unprecedented challenges. Unfortunately, the US government is doing little to address the serious human rights problem.