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  •  Widow of a Mass Shooting Victim Writes (0+ / 0-)

    Today, the Des Moines Register published an essay from the widow of one of the victims of the 1994 Fairchild Air Force Base Shooting.

    I urge you to read the whole piece published on-line here.

    Reflecting on the response to each instance:

    ...[T]he scenario does not change. Deranged men with either mental illness or unchecked anger who kill and maim with legally purchased assault weapons accompanied by high-capacity magazines. . . .

    What has changed is our promptness to the massacre as we watch the tragedy teams move in. First responders are now highly trained, medical teams are quickly assembled for multiple gunshot wounds, and our children now not only practice tornado drills, but also lockdowns at their schools. The cacophony of media descends, informs, and now from experience become our pop-up grief counselors.

    And her take on the "mental illness" argument appears to be that it is a red herring:
    Mental illness, though, is family and friends, you and I, our children and our neighbors. Predicting violence in the general population or even those suffering from mental illness is, at best, unpredictable.
    The question?  What does it take to move the country to serious action?
    ... it is tragic, if not dismissive to look back at previously murdered children, young adults, and men and women whose death caused outrage, but not enough to move the nation.

    Unfortunately, what appears glaringly true is that even if we renew the assault weapons ban, tighten background checks and gun show loopholes, and create inventories of the mentally ill, nothing will change unless the law makes it illegal to purchase or possess weapons intended for use in war.

    For your consideration.

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