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Gun deaths mounting

In Minnesota, a student shoots 10 dead in his high school. A defendant kills four in an Atlanta courtroom. In Wisconsin, a madman kills seven at a church service. In Houston, a 4-year-old who finds a gun in his mother’s purse kills a 2-year-old. And on and on.

Why do we permit this epidemic? When terrorists kill 3,000 Americans, we go to war. But when Americans annually shoot dead 10 times that number in what amounts to domestic terrorism, we respond either with half-hearted gun controls on the one hand, or on the other hand with proposals to protectively arm the entire populace.

Those measures can’t work because they focus only on guns. The situation’s equally about people: frankly, Americans are prone to killing. No nation unengaged in civil war suffers and tolerates more domestic violence than the United States. If the NRA believes its sensible motto, “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people,” then why isn’t it more serious about keeping homicidal fingers away from triggers? Why has Congress not effectively denied children, criminals, the insane, and those on terrorist watch lists access to weapons? How much fear and barbarity are we willing to live with?



Jeff Kane

Nevada City


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