Monday, December 16, 2013
How Many More?
Fortunately, this time the only death was that of the gunman, apparently a student at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, CO. Looking for a particular teacher, he shot two students when unable to find his target. One remains critically injured. As we know from past experience, it could have been much worse. In the upcoming days a portrait of the gunman will emerge, details probably similar to those in past shootings. A disturbed young man, easy access to a gun, ensuing tragedy.
In the year since Newtown 194 children have died from shootings, 127 of those in their own homes and another 26 in school shootings. We see it, we watch the news coverage, we shake our heads, we do nothing. Our representatives do nothing, paralyzed by pressure groups and the prospect of losing campaign money. And so history repeats itself, as it will again and again. More children will die.
After all, as we're often reminded, guns don't kill people.