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July 5, 2014

Macho, crazy America sticks to its guns

(Continued)

The folks at Politifax.com, a project of the Tampa Bay Times, looked under the hood and found that of the 74 incidents, there were 10 in which the shooter intended to commit mass murder like at Sandy Hook at a public school or college campus.

Politifax asked James Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University, to look at the stats. He said in an average year, 15 to 20 kids in kindergarten through 12th grade are killed by gunshot at school. A similar number of college students die on campus from guns each year, too.

Gee, JUST 15 to 20 schoolchildren are shot, huh?

Hey, we can live with that, even if they couldn’t.

JUST 15 to 20 college kids’ lives are ended because they took a bullet or two or three or more?

Sure, no problem. Well worth it so that some yahoo who can recite the 2nd Amendment chapter and verse but couldn’t care less about the other 26 can have his AR-15 assault weapon and feel like a big man.

I didn’t have to search for the following items. They were right there as I looked at the newspapers I normally read online. I could pick any week of the year, and the results would be the same.

June 24: At least nine people were shot and two were killed early Tuesday when two men armed with assault weapons fired about 50 bullets at a Miami apartment complex, police said.

June 27: A Louisiana man has been arrested after he shot a 10-year-old boy in the face in a road rage incident.

June 27: Mark Mayfield, a Mississippi tea party leader and lawyer facing charges in connection with taking photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife at her nursing home, apparently committed suicide Friday morning. Police said that Mayfield’s wife, Robin, called 911 just after 9 a.m. to say her husband had shot himself.

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