Entries in gun control (2)



Another week. Another senseless loss of teenagers and teachers ⏤ this time 17 at a high school in Parkland, FL. Another community upended. Another set of families forced to pick a casket, to find a church to hold a remembrance service, and to choose a spot in the ground to lay their child, friend, teacher, or coach to rest.

3 weeks ago, it was two 15-years olds, killed in a Kentucky school, and an additional 12 students struck by flying bullets.

3 months ago, it was 26 people, killed at a church service in southern Texas, and an additional 27 injured.

5 months ago, it was 59 people killed at a country music concert in Las Vegas, and an additional 527 injured.

Our news cycles move so quickly, and the frequency of these shootings seem to be accelerating, such that it is hard to keep each tragedy straight. And yet, after each of these horrifying events, we’re told not to talk policy. ‘Out of respect for the victims’ and ‘there must be a time for mourning’ are just a few of the canned phrases we’ve heard. We’ll “be talking about gun laws as time goes by”, the President says. “There’s a time and place for a political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country…”, his Press Secretary says.

It’s striking though, that for tragedies of much less magnitude and frequency, we don’t seem to have much of a problem talking about and debating policy only moments after the breaking news banner scrolls across the screen.

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It Keeps Happening

The unthinkable has happened. Again. Thus far, 2012 has left 27 dead in Connecticut, 7 dead in Wisconsin, 12 dead in Colorado, 7 dead in California, 6 dead in Washington, and 7 dead in Minnesota - and these are only the mass shootings.[1] One has to wonder when we’ll stop categorizing such events as ‘unthinkable’, because right now, they are anything but. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in U.S. history, 6 have happened since 2007. These events are, tragically, more than just thinkable, they are regular and we need to do something about it. Now is not the time for platitudes and rhetoric, it is the time for meaningful action. Yes, I’m suggesting legislation that restricts the ownership of guns, but first I want to make a few things clear.

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