Mass Shootings Issue: Why Are We Killing Each Other?


With 47 people dead in the past month in U.S. mass shootings and their aftermaths, the Associated Press asks, “Why are we killing each other?” The wire service poses the question, “What is happening in the American psyche that prevents people from defusing their own anguish and rage before they end the lives of others?” AP writer Ted Anthony observes that “the term ‘mass shooting’ has lost its status as unthinkable aberration and become mere fodder for a fresh news cycle.”

Noting that 663,000 Americans lost their jobs last month, Anthony says, “What’s truly unsettling in America’s new era of gloom and dead ends is wondering how many of those 663,000 might be deeply, irrevocably angry about it – and might have a gun.” Anthony dismisses the idea that the killings are a gun control issue, but Paul Helmke of the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence, disagrees. After Friday’s Binghamton, N.Y., massacre, Helmke said, “Some of the top government officials in our country say we don’t need to do anything different – that we should just ‘enforce the laws on the books.’ The laws on the books aren’t getting the job done.”

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