At least 27 students and teachers were gunned down two weeks ago in Newtown, CT. It is time–perhaps past time–to talk about gun control. It is time to understand that this incident was not an isolated one. Much has already been written so here are just a few links in honor of those who died in Newtown, in the drone strikes in Pakistan, and as the result of gun violence.
Jezebel says “Fuck you” to guns:
“It’s delusional to think that guns can help stop massacres like the one that happened today. Of course, people do think that; yesterday, the Michigan State Senate passed a law allowing concealed weapons in schools and daycares. No no no no no. Let’s stop pretending the “if everyone had a gun, everyone could protect themselves!” argument is worth considering.”
Looking back on the Aurora Dark Knight Shooting, via Gawker:
“You cannot “politicize” a tragedy because the tragedy is already political. When you talk about the tragedy you’re already talking about politics.”
Vijay Prasad on the deaths of children that don’t make the news:
“When a singular mass killing occurs in mainly affluent suburbs, it shocks the nation — and rightly so. But it might be a shock to some to know that this year alone 117 children died from handgun violence in Chicago. These deaths do not get discussed, let alone memorialized in the national conversation of tragedy.”
And let us not forget Kassandra Michelle Perkins who tragically lost her life to gun violence just a couple weeks ago.
Sady Doyle writes about the pitfalls of conflating mental illness and violence.
Slate is trying to track every gun-related death per day in America.
A petition to the White House to start talking about gun control now.