Thursday, January 31, 2013

Four of five headlines on my Yahoo U.S. news feed at 7 pm.

Child held hostage for third day after Alabama shooting
Teenaged student wounded in Atlanta school shooting
Arizona shooting suspect found dead in apparent suicide
Assistant District Attorney shot and killed in Texas

There's one or two shooting headlines nearly every day in news feed of my local paper, the Star-Ledger.  National media is paying more attention now. I hope the attention doesn't flag. Gun "enthusiasts" have to accept that not shooting someone with a  gun is not news.

Even Geraldo Rivera on Fox News wants to know why we have no scientific studies to determine if legal gun ownership, & availability of legal firearms, actually correlates with a lower incidence of gun related injuries & deaths.  Such a study was being done by the Center for Disease Control  over a decade ago (gun violence being a serious national health problem), & was shut down. Why? Gun lobby brought pressure because it didn't trust the results would be favorable to its own claims.

I do appreciate the honesty of gun "enthusiasts" willing to admit they purchase guns designed to kill many people quickly because they expect someday to have to kill many people quickly.

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