In the Wake of Sandy Hook Elementary

In my piece on the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I wrote, “as horrible as it is to admit, incidents like the one in Connecticut are merely the scratched groove in a broken record that plays over and over and over again.”

Turns out, that’s fairly accurate — even on the weekend following such a horrific incident. Alex Moore, at Death and Taxes Magazine, notes:

On Saturday, Von I. Meyer was arrested in Indiana after threatening to recreate the Sandy Hook shooting, saying he would “kill as many people as he could” at an elementary school near his house. 47 guns were discovered in his home with many rounds of ammunition.

Also on Saturday a man entered a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama and began firing, wounding an officer and two hospital employees—none of them fatally—before police killed him.

The same day, a man in Newport Beach, California fired 50 rounds from a semi-automatic handgun in a mall parking lot before he was apprehended by police. None of his bullets apparently connected with anyone and no injuries were reported.

Those three incidents weren’t in the news this weekend because none of them ended with the deaths of 20 kids. Imagine the conversation if they had?

Full transcript here of Obama’s speech. The part that stuck out to me was this line: “Are we prepared that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom?” Basically, it’s not an issue of gun control vs. the second amendment. Or Freedom. It’s an issue of whether firearms should be regulated and controlled in the same way that, say, the ability to own and operate a car is.

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