He accuses people of focusing on and misunderstanding assault rifles, as if those details were all-important, while entirely missing the much larger picture of this nation’s gun fetish himself. He points out that rifles were used in only a tiny fraction of last year’s 11,004 homicides by firearm (So what?) and he completely ignores some 20,000 or so other gunfire deaths.
It’s true that there is no media sizzle in the deaths of one or two people at a time. To our eternal shame, most of the 93 individual deaths per day by gun are not newsworthy on a national scale because we are so used to them and there are just too damn many of them.
Caldara can rest assured that a single mass murder by knife, blunt instrument or hammer would make the national news. There would be sizzle, but those murders would still be irrelevant to guns.
A police officer accidentally shot his teen daughter in their garage; a woman in Florida accidentally shot her 7-year-old grandson. They were unfortunate events, to put it mildly, that resulted from carelessness. They were also by far the most common type of accident: the ones that can be prevented.
That the shootings were in some sense accidental doesn’t mean those who pulled the triggers are blameless. They pulled the triggers quite intentionally with horrific, unintentional results. There is, or should be, a legal price to pay. We should also find a better word than “accident” to describe such things.
Similarly, the media have almost universally described the beheading of journalist James Foley as an execution.
Rich Tosches’ column in the Denver Post and the misguided effort to recall two elected Colorado officials illustrate the stark contrast between political responses to deadly violence.
Some people, notably Democrats, have not been afraid to address the issue by taking some action. Others, notably Republicans, not only have failed their constituents and other citizens by refusing to recognize the problem, they try to undo the positive steps others have taken.
Tuesday will be a sad day if John Morse and Angela Giron are recalled.