It No Longer Qualifies as Tragedy by mattsteinglass
April 18, 2007, 1:54 am
Filed under: Terrorism, United States

…in much the same way that someone who repeatedly smacks his bare toes into a concrete block cannot be said to have “stubbed” them. Every few years, a young American male straps himself with firearms and goes out and kills large numbers of other young people. It’s declared a national trauma; flags are lowered; hushed tones are adopted in the media; and people sanctimoniously run around declaring that we should refrain from political arguments to give everyone a chance to grieve. Nothing is ever actually done to prevent further spree killings, and a few years later the country goes through the same idiotic drill. At some point, you have to say: who cares anymore? The United States public is resolutely refusing to cope with the phenomenon, so, you know, it’s welcome to it.

This, on the other hand, is amazing. Doctors here in Hanoi removed a bullet from a guy’s heart that had been lodged there since the year I was born. He was shot in combat in Quang Tri in 1968.

Update: Harry Reid on new gun control measures in the aftermath of the killings: “There’s not a rush to do anything.” That pretty much sums it up. If they don’t care, why should I?

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