This is from 2007. It is still true.
Nothing has changed. In the intervening years, some 150,000 Americans are dead from gunfire. Most of these deaths are completely preventable. Or could be, if America didn’t worship Guns so very, very much.
Twenty families in Connecticut had their first grade children murdered two weeks before Christmas. And even that isn’t enough to shock Americans out of the stupor of mute acceptance. Blithely, we continue to talk about mental health. Video games. Arming teachers and whether it sends the ‘wrong message’, rather than the fact that it’s a bloody stupid idea that won’t work.
Assault weapons vs non-assault weapons. Bulletproof backpacks. Second Amendment ‘rights’. Anything other than the giant elephant gun in the room. Anything so we don’t have to talk about not having our precious, precious guns.
Guns are the problem. They’re not the only problem, but they’re the biggest one. They are an unhealthy addiction that kills your neighbours and your children, and this delusion has been foisted upon your country by a few very rich people who have sold you the ridiculous ideas that guns are magic totems of freedom and that you need them to ‘defend’ yourself. At the risk of sounding histrionic, this delusion is literally killing your neighbours and children so a few people can get very rich and profit from the nation’s misery and blood.
I believe America is a civilised nation. Which is why this insane religion that has infected every level of public discourse has got to stop. Civilised nations do not sacrifice their children to make wealthy people richer.
It didn’t stop after Columbine, or Virginia Tech, or any of the others. It probably won’t stop now. But if it is to stop at all, the attitudes of the nation, which continues to shrug and meekly accept the slaughter, have got to change.