This is the American Way…posted by Bill Arnett @ 12:25 PM Permalink …Says Bob Herbert:
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.Millions of guns exist here in America and still the conservatives want to arm ever more people.
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. Texas is one of a number of states considering bills to allow concealed guns on college campuses.
Supporters argue, among other things, that it will enable students and professors to defend themselves against mass murderers, like the deranged gunman who killed 32 people at Virginia Tech two years ago.
Teachers with guns shooting it out with school invaders? That would simply mean that the school invader would blow away as many students as possible while avoiding teachers. Teachers firing into a crowd praying they will hit the foreign gunman and not a student? Not a risk I'd be willing to take.