Are the Media Ignoring Gun Control In OK Murder by “Bored” Teens?


The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Attytood column faults the news media for not discussing gun control in connection with the fatal shooting of Australian baseball player Chris Lane by “bored” teenagers in Duncan, Ok. There’s small comfort in knowing that there most certainly will be justice here, that the three alleged killers are in custody and will surely be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, says the column.

Attytood says, though, that “there seems to be a blackout on discussions about how America is unique among places in the world where bored and morally unformed teenagers have such easy access to deadly guns.” the column adds, “we know that a good man is dead and three young lives can’t be redeemed because of a split-second, irrevocable decision to pull the trigger on a gun.” It notes that about 40 people are murdered daily in the U.S., most with guns. Prosecutor Jason Hicks told The Oklahoman: “We’ve got statutes right now that prohibit those three from having a firearm. They’re not legally entitled to have a .22-caliber revolver in the first place. You can give me another five, ten, hundred, a thousand laws. It’s not going to stop them.”

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