by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, December 15, 2012
I didn’t recall the subject of gun control being raised in the presidential debates this fall, but it was.
However, there was a substantive exchange in the second presidential debate, 10/16/12.
For context to the latest horrific massacre in our country, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun violence lists 12 major shooting sprees–meaning 3+ dead–in the US in the past five months, not including the latest. These events are now so commonplace that I don’t recall even having heard of this one, pretty close to home:
July 9, 2012
At a weekend soccer tournament in Delaware three people died and two were wounded. The dead included the tournament organizer, a 16-year-old boy participating in the tournament and one of three suspects alleged to have initiated the deadly violence Sunday afternoon at a park near downtown Wilmington.
For a notable contrast to our own culture, see “None Dead’ in China: Sensible Laws vs. Maniacal Attacks: 8,000 miles away from Connecticut, a vicious attack on school children has only one grace: all survived,” by Beth Brogan and Jon Queally, Common Dreams, 12/15/12. (It seems the Chinese use knives, not guns, when they set out to massacre children.)…
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