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July 5, 2014

Macho, crazy America sticks to its guns


June 29: Two men were killed and 14 people — including a 10-year-old boy — were wounded in a wave of gun violence that swept across all five (New York City) boroughs Saturday night into Sunday morning, police said.

June 30: A crazed job-seeker opened fire on a Brooklyn machine shop Monday — wounding two workers before putting the gun to his own head, police and witnesses said.

Tragically, there are so many, many more shootings I could cite from just the last week. Gang killings, grudges, accidents, suicides. All they have in common is that a gun was involved.

We have become so sickeningly inured to gun violence that we don’t even notice anymore that we have to hold our breath and pray when we send our sons and daughters to school, that if we make an impolite gesture to the clown who cuts us off on the highway, that clown may pull out a gun and shoot us.

The Centers for Disease Control says one person in America is killed by a firearm every 17 minutes, 87 people are killed during an average day, and 609 are killed every week.

Yep, we’re crazy all right.

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at




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