Gun debate should be about facts, not fantasy – Leonard Pitts Jr. – MiamiHerald.com
Oh, but we don’t know how many thousands of crimes were stopped by people armed with automatic weapons in just the past two months. And England hasn’t dared invade! peace, mjh
This “serious conversation,” remember, got started on December 14, with a massacre in a quiet little New England town. Since that day, the shooting has not stopped, nor even slowed.
In Miami Gardens on Jan. 17, a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed.
In Albuquerque on Jan. 19, a 15-year-old boy allegedly shot his parents and three of his siblings to death.
In Houston on Jan. 22, three people were shot on a community college campus.
In Chicago on Jan. 29, a 15-year-old girl who’d performed at President Obama’s inauguration was shot to death.
And in that same city, six days later, Shirley Chambers buried her last child. Ronnie Chambers, like all three of his siblings before him, was killed by gunfire. How must it feel to have lost all your children to guns? That is not hypothetical. It is one woman’s tragic reality.
Too many deranged or criminal people have access to too much firepower and we are paying the price in carnage and blood. This is the ordinary everyday of American life — and death. That’s what we should be talking about. Not LaPierre’s doomsday scenarios or Trotter’s old movie plots.
They ask us to consider what could happen. Better we consider what does.