Friday Feedback: Gun Violence

istock_000001483014xsmall.jpgFridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Diane Lefer commenting on “A Sick Society Normalizes Gun Violence,” by David A. Love.

Here’s Diane’s comment:

As a society, we used to at least talk about gun control after each horrific shooting. Now, there’s a resounding silence. What’s goin’ on? Is it, as you say, normalized? Or is the administration afraid that at this slightest hint of rational policy, the rightwing fringe will start shooting? In Australia, after their first experience of US business-as-usual (a massacre in Tasmania in ‘96), the Prime Minister called for gun control and an appalled population turned in their guns.

There are licensed guns in Australia today, but licensing is strict. Here? We are destroying an entire generation of kids, almost all kids of color, dying in the streets or in prison, because of gun violence. Kids have always joined cliques and gangs and have always gotten into fights. They didn’t have guns. It’s not the children who are manufacturing the weapons. But the worse their environment gets for them, the more they are demonized. I doubt that being a Harvard graduate is about to carry the same stigma.

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