Here are some things I’ve been pondering (well before Sandy Hook, and Tucson, AZ and VA Tech, but since 9/11):
If Americans are killed by box-cutter wielding foreign terrorists, most of our elected politicians know exactly what to do:
Invade the wrong country (Iraq).
If Americans are killed by other gun wielding Americans, most of our elected politicians know exactly what to do:
Run away from the NRA and Wayne LaLaLaPierre, blame video games and movies, and complain instead about drones.
How many Americans have been killed by drones on American soil since December 14th, 2012?
I don’t know, but maybe Sen. Rand Paul knows the number.
How many Americans have been killed or attacked by video game wielding Americans since December 14th, 2012?
Maybe a handful of people were beaten with an X-Box or PlayStation controller, who knows?
How many Americans have been killed by gun wielding Americans since December 14th, 2012?
Count as of March 7, 2013: (at least) 2,635 known gun related deaths (gun-wielding Americans killing other Americans), via crowd-sourced data collected from Slate and Twitter (@GunDeaths).
Gun Deaths in America since December 14th, 2012:
America has a “PREMATURE DEATH” problem. Too many Americans are dying needlessly while our politicians do very little, or are afraid to even debate the topic. It seems that our nation’s leaders handle this problem differently if the murderers are foreign versus domestic. Will an adult, sensible debate and vote on gun-related “premature death” happen in Congress? Or, will any proposed legislation itself succumb to “Premature Death Syndrome” in Congressional committees?
Any political party or politician in 2014 and beyond who continues to claim that “they are better at protecting us” than their opponent party or candidate, is full of “Shaving Cream” (Benny Bell lyrics).