Here is the gun that killed 27 people, 18 of them children [UPDATE: According to the most recent reports, 20 of the 27 killed were children]. Is this the firearm that hunters use to kill deer or ducks? Is it the popular model for home protection? Is this the gun that a woman might keep on her person for protection?
Please. Tell me. I don’t know that much about guns. Maybe a woman or a homeowner or a hunter really does need a firearm that is designed to kill large numbers of people in multiple rounds without having to reload. So what is that reason?
Susie, sometimes I can’t bring myself to blog for days (weeks?) for exactly that reason. Writing about this stuff day in and day out is hard if you have a capacity for empathy.
I should stop looking at right-wing Twitter feeds.
22 children, 1 adult injured in knife attack outside central China primary school.
Twenty-two children injured. Versus, at current count, 18 little children and nine other people shot dead. That’s the difference between a knife and a gun.
Guns don’t attack children; psychopaths and sadists do. But guns uniquely allow a psychopath to wreak death and devastation on such a large scale so quickly and easily. America is the only country in which this happens again — and again and again. You can look it up.
Thousands of people die every year from gun violence, an unspeakable number at schools, and — we mourn and “move on.” “Nothing to be done.”
For parents, siblings, and families whose lives have been forever changed (or ended), deepest sympathies. For us as a nation …. I don’t know what to say.