Gun violence

As awful as the VT shooting is (and it is awful), it’s worth remembering that on an average day in America, there are 27 gun homicides and 46 gun suicides, and that rates of violent crime in the US are much higher than in other developed countries. So the real impact of gun violence isn’t the mass shootings that hit the front pages, it’s the tens of thousands per year that are hidden in the obituary columns. The real challenge is working out some way to reduce those numbers.

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3 Responses to Gun violence

  1. cba says:

    “So the real impact of gun violence isn’t the mass shootings that hit the front pages, it’s the tens of thousands per year that are hidden in the obituary columns.”

    spot on.

    I live in Virginia and found it quite depressing to overhear a coffee shop conversation this morning with one guy proclaiming “if only one of the professors had exercised his right to carry a firearm this all would have been resolved quickly”. Presumably this is a mentality that shared by many Virginians (even those inside the beltway). I wonder why he didn’t add that all of the students should have been carrying holstered weapons too…

  2. Christine says:

    Students carrying the guns? No no, only Professors have the mental stability, not to mention the motor skills, required to be able to respond with firearms. I think they not only have a right, but a responsibility to carry firearms to class.

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