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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Guns don't kill people...

It's way too early to jump to any conclusions about the motives of whoever took up arms against Virginia Tech students. But it's not too soon to say that once more, the United States finds itself embellishing its dubious record as the gun murder capital of the universe.

It's also clear this may be THE week for violence in the United States: Let's start with the historic battle of Lexington and Concord, celebrated today as Patriots Day.

But the roll call should really reflect what else happened on April 19th, the day the shot was really heard 'round the world. On April 19, 1993, the siege at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco ended in a battle launched by the FBI to end the standoff with the arms-bearing cultists. When it was over, more than 80 people had died.

Two years later, Timothy McVeigh sets off the explosion that killed 168 people in the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City -- apparent retribution for Waco.

Four years and a day later, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris killed 13 people, then themselves at Columbine High School in Colorado.

The ultimate question is whether the Virginia Tech massacre has ties to these killing --or whether it is simply the result of the free and easy access to weapons that makes seemingly tranquil places in America killing fields.

And why we continue to insist that unfettered access to weapons is as American as apple pie.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

ugh, after this post, I'm officially un-subscribing from your blog. I've otherwise enjoyed your liberal-lite writings, especially on the goings on in Mass, but this is one preached topic that just irks me, and I get the feeling after the VT incident you will be harping it more and more...

April 17, 2007 10:45 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Sorry you left before you had a chance to see today's post. You shouldn't make assumptions.

April 18, 2007 7:06 AM  

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