Op-Ed: Latest Murders Should Place Guns in Sights of Pols


Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson threads together the highly publicized murders of the past few weeks in Milwaukee, Chicago and Atlanta, noting that a Georgia politician commented, ”If there ever was a day we need a devotional and prayer, it is today.” Jackson writes, “The victims get devotionals and prayer. But that is all they get. There is certainly no political action.”

He continues, “The level of carnage by these depressed or angry people was only possible because they had their hands on a gun…Nearly six years after Columbine and other mass shootings, the nation seems even further away from any serious control on guns. Congress is hearing testimony on new resolutions to shield gun makers from liability lawsuits. Leading the effort, of course, is the National Rifle Association, which shamelessly links liability immunity to patriotism…The gun lobby says we need the firearms industry to win the war on terror. They could care less that we are losing the war on violence right here at home.”

Link: http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/03/15/gun_victims_need_more_th

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