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Idiot Nation, Meet Sick Nation

Just as I predicted, nothing is going to change at all with respect to gun control after the Newton school shooting.  Even as we are right in the middle of yet another national outrage over the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing — a terrible, horrific event, one that has every American angry and upset, and rightfully and understandably so.  Yet here’s the reality — more people die from gun violence EVERY FUCKING HOUR than died in the Boston bomb attack.  Think about that.  As outraged as we are as a country over what just happened in Boston, that same outrage should be happening every hour of every day over guns.  And yet we do nothing, absolutely nothing about it.

And here’s what makes this even more disturbing.  As terrible as the Boston bombing was, the reality is that there’s not much we can do to prevent highly random attacks like this by deranged individuals.  Bruce Schneier does a great job of explaining that reality here.  But on the other hand, there is lots we can do to minimize gun violence.  Heck, every other civilized democracy in the world today has figured it out and has managed to pretty much eliminate all gun violence.  So there’s a very clear, easy  solution — only we refuse to do a damned thing about it.

God are we one very sick society.