Today’s news is dominated by yet another attack at a school; a still-unidentified assailant for reasons unknown crosses paths with 14 victims. We used to count the interval between these events in years. Now, it seems like months or even days.
But, wait, there’s something different here. Instead of dead bodies, the ambulances and helicopters today transported the living. At least two are critically injured, but none – as of this writing – have died.
The reason for this important difference, of course, is that this time the attacker didn’t use a gun. He – officials have said the suspect in custody is a 21-year old male – used some sort of stabbing weapon to attack his victims.
So, when the National Rifle Association tells us that guns aren’t the problem, it’s the people, I’d like to respond by saying – with all due respect – bullshit. There are 14 families today hugging their kids today instead of burying them. There are 14 people whose lives didn’t end today. There are hundreds of first responders in the Houston area who went home tonight and held their families a little tighter because they got to save people today. Houston, Texas, the U.S. and the world are praying for recoveries along with understanding instead of just trying to understand why this has happened again.
Fatalities 0. Injuries 14. A horrible day, but better than our recent box scores:
The Senate is finally ready to take up legislation on preventing gun violence, including measures like background checks that are supported by 90 percent of Americans. This chart explains why: Nearly all Americans know that bad people and sick people are out there who can do terrible things in the grips of an illness or an ideology or simply evil. Nearly all of us think we ought to take reasonable measures to limit their ability to kill our children, parents, siblings, friends, family or neighbors.