Today its being reported that 26 people, including 18 children -- eighteen children, NRA! -- have been killed at an elementary school by a gunman.
This follows two people, plus the shooter, being killed at a mall here in Oregon a few days ago.
But, hey, we keep hearing, "It's too soon to talk about policy implications, about ways to reduce gun violence, about stronger gun laws."
Like I've said before, and will keep saying, because it's an unarguable fact:
This is a lie: "guns don't kill people; people do." No, that's wrong.
Guns kill people. This is a fact.
Believe it, unless you're so anti-American, you consider that citizens of the United States are hugely more violent and immoral than people in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and other western industrialized nations.
Have a look at two Wikipedia pages:
First, List of countries by intentional homicide rate. In 2010, these were the intentional homicide rates per 100,000 population:
United States 4.8
United Kingdom 1.2
Are Americans really three times more murderous than Canadians? Or six times more murderous than Germans? Is our violent nature the sole explanation for why our intentional homicide rate is so high?
Yes, there are cultural differences between the United States and those other countries. But they also have their ghettos, their poor, their lower classes trapped in difficult situations. So what else could be the reason for the much lower homicide rates in other countries?
Availability of guns. The U.S. is gun crazy. Our gun laws are extremely lax compared to those in Canada, the United Kingdom, etc.
Wake up, Americans. You're killing your own children. You're killing your own friends and family. Until you get the courage to say NO MORE! to the gun nuts/NRA/right-wing wackos, their blood is on your hands.