This is the American way. Since Sept. 11, 2001, when the country’s attention understandably turned to terrorism, nearly 120,000 Americans have been killed in nonterror homicides, most of them committed with guns. Think about it — 120,000 dead. That’s nearly 25 times the number of Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.You'd think that in a nation where Fox News features a certifiable lunatic and drug addict Rush Limbaugh passes for sane, we'd be a little more careful about who we arm with lethal weapons.
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.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The American Way...
... brought to you by the National Rifle Association. Bob Herbert:
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