Mar 9, 2014
It’s Been a Murderous Few Weeks Here in the Land of the Second Amendment
Posted on Nov 11, 2013
On Halloween, fittingly enough, USA Today reported on a tragic anomaly—four mass killings in the United States over a span of four days, the first time that had happened, the paper noted, in more than seven years. Turns out, it wasn’t much of an anomaly.
The story came to mind again this morning with news that a musician in New York City apparently shot and killed three other people—two of them fellow rockers—and then himself, only a few days after two people were wounded at a New York City ice rink during a robbery allegedly by a teen trying to steal a coat. And then there was the gunman who opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport, killing a TSA employee and wounding a dozen other people before he was shot (he survived). And the house party in Houston ...
Really, there have been so many of these killings that they blur together. We get a few hours—maybe a couple of days—of shock, and then we move on. Remember Sandy Hook Elementary School?
The Detroit Free Press ran an opinion piece the other day by a former journalist and current political figure there named Kim Trent (we remain friends from the days when we worked together at the Detroit News in the 1980s, when the crack epidemic left that already violent city soaked in blood). The piece is titled, “Where is the outrage over Detroit violence?” And it’s a fair question for all of us, not just murder-weary Detroiters:
Where is the outrage, indeed.
—Posted by Scott Martelle.
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