Over the next several months, more people will be killed in the U.S. by the easy availability of guns than by North Korean missiles, says Politico.com columnist Roger Simon. But which problem is considered a crisis, he asks? And which is considered everyday life? (Or, to put it more accurately, everyday death.) Gun violence is so common in America – and I am talking about shootings in which there are multiple victims – that we barely notice it anymore.
“We have a gun crisis in America,” said Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “It is time for leaders in Washington to drop empty platitudes after each horrific shooting and instead do what they're paid to do: show backbone and enact reasonable laws to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.” Simon said he agrees with Helmke, but adds, “except about gun violence in America being a ‘crisis.’ How can you have a crisis when hardly anybody seems to care?”