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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Seven-year-olds with guns, and other stories from America in 2013

Posted By on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Why is America an unusually violent country? Probably not because guns are everywhere.
  • Why is America an unusually violent country? Probably not because guns are everywhere.
The attacks of September 11, 2001, set in course a lot of change in America: the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, the passing of the Patriot Act, the waging of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has been a year and about a week since the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, the most horrifying event to occur on American soil since the 9/11 attacks. Twenty children and six adults were killed inside a school, at random, by a crazed gunman. And absolutely nothing meaningful has changed with regard to guns in America.

Yesterday, a seven-year-old boy in St. Joseph, Missouri, brought a loaded gun to school. Also yesterday, at a hospital campus in Reno, Nevada, a gunman killed one person and injured two others before turning the gun on himself. Last Friday, a student at Arapahoe High School in Colorado shot a classmate point-blank in the head in the middle of the school day before shooting himself.

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