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  •  sadly the problem is that mass murder (4+ / 0-)
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    is becoming common enough that there may not be enough days in the year to commemorate all of them and it would be criminal to exclude any of them.

    Perhaps it is just my perception but does anyone have any stats on the number of mass murders vs a century or 50 years ago?

    •  Murder in America is really bad (8+ / 0-)
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      when the only murders worth discussing involve multiple bodies, especially in upper class white neighborhoods.

      That in itself is a major symptom of too damned many guns floating around in the hands of idiots and ignorant frightened people.

      These people are dying as sacrifices so that the gun manufacturers can sell more guns. Guns for the consumer market create a real marketing problem for the manufacturers. A gun is a permanent thing. It doesn't wear out. No "planed obsolescence." Once you build and sell a gun, that market is filled.

      So the market has to be expanded. How? Make people afraid and offer more guns as totems to reduce their fear.

      Guns are merely totems because even in the hands of professionals guns rarely protect anyone. More guns cannot protect people from guns and more guns. A gun in a holster is nothing more than a symbol of intimidation.

      The NRA is the gun manufacturer's organization to stoke that fear. But the mass of unnecessary guns across the nation is the core of the problem, along with the profit-making organizations that make and sell the guns.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:25:15 AM PST

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    •  Remember when Cronkite ended his (9+ / 0-)

      program with how many days we had been in Vietnam? It  went a long way in changing the minds of many about the war. If the mainstream media (NBC seems most likely) would just say how many were killed at home (US) by guns the previous day, it might help to keep the carnage in the minds of our easily-distracted populace. Of course, that is just a hope from me, as I abhor physical violence of any kind, regardless of whether it involves guns, other weapons, or a parent's hand.

      I think, therefore I am. I think.

      by mcmom on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:37:17 AM PST

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      •  Some Chicago papers have done this (5+ / 0-)

        and public awareness that this is a daily tragedy, a continuing assault on our communities and neighborhoods, and nationwide, a shame we'd rather ignore than face up to, because of the messy bigotries in poverty, gender and race politics.

        The raw facts of dozens of gun deaths and injuries daily and weekly spread across every state and city in this country is kept out of the conversation even when our hearts are broken by these precious six and seven year olds, and their teachers.

        But there are many, many innocents among the fallen elsewhere, including children, and it's only because they're not concentrated in a supposedly safe suburban grade school, and massacred en masse, that we think we can ignore them.  But the truth is more difficult than that - it's about the other values we hold, the ones I mentioned, where we ignore some communities and some problems because "those people" are just too difficult to help.

        We really need to examine ALL our biases and values if what we decide and act upon is to have lasting value here...

        "There is power in speaking up. We know the face of unfettered gun proliferation. Now it’s time to see more faces of regulation and restraint." - Charles Blow

        by Beastly Fool on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:37:02 PM PST

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