I went to bed last night with this question: Why would a mother, accompanied by her children and other members of her family, ever feel the need to put a loaded gun in her handbag to go shopping in a Wal-Mart in an Idaho region best known for its potatoes? This morning, I read this more or less satisfying response, [Read more]
Every so often in the United States, the issue of killings by civilians, usually males of various ages, equipped with firearms resurges. The latest incident involved a 15-year-old student who, last Friday, opened fire on his classmates while they were having breakfast in the school cafeteria. Two teenagers – one [Read more]
A partially real, partially imaginary fear has gripped many Americans. Fear of terrorism, crazed gunmen, next door neighbors and anything different. Fear is overcome by security, and guns give many a sense of security.
There were no stricter gun laws enacted even in the wake of the massacre of 20 children two years ago. Why should two dead kids make any difference now?