The NY TImes reports that, “Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly 120,000 Americans have been killed in nonterror homicides, most committed with guns. Yet the idea of doing something about the insane number of guns is a nonstarter”.
As columnist Bob Herbert points out, not only have we been successful in picking off the population equivalent of Prince Edward Island, the smallest of the Kanuckistani Soviet Socialist Republics, since the Two Towers of the Great Satan were felled (OK, we can’t claim credit for everything!), but we have been successful in our attempts to instill a climate of fear in which the Yankee people think that more guns is the answer. He writes,
“For the most part, we pay no attention to this relentless carnage. The idea of doing something meaningful about the insane number of guns in circulation is a nonstarter. So what if eight kids are shot to death every day in America. So what if someone is killed by a gun every 17 minutes.
The goal of the National Rifle Association and a host of so-called conservative lawmakers is to get ever more guns into the hands of ever more people. Texas is one of a number of states considering bills to allow concealed guns on college campuses.
Supporters argue, among other things, that it will enable students and professors to defend themselves against mass murderers, like the deranged gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech two years ago.
They’d like guns to be as ubiquitous as laptops or cellphones. One Texas lawmaker referred to unarmed people on campuses as “sitting ducks.”
BTW, that one Texas lawmaker they refer to is on our payroll. As is the NRA.
PS: Even liberal mouthpiece Time Magazine reports that 10 years after Columbine, it is even easier to get guns in the USA.