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On Monday, April 16, a nutcase killed 33 people in Virginia.
On the same day, 170 people died in Iraq from IEDs and suicide bombers.

On any average day, 35 people in the US die in car crashes where at least 1 operator has a BAC at or over 0.08, and over 100 are killed in car crashes total. (source pdf).
Every day, 3 or more women are killed, with pregnancy being considered an increased risk factor (source).
Both of these happen day in, day out.

I don't see any calls for banning cars, or men, or big national days of mourning for those of our own who are dieing daily in Iraq.

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lisa_marli
Apr. 23rd, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
Because all the other reasons you mentioned that people die ISN'T NEWS. They are common events, so everyone shrugs.
Now some guy on a Rampage. That is RARE. So We Can Rant And Rave And Look Like We Are Doing Something.
Since they happen so rarely it will almost look like they have done something. Even though they haven't. (See War on Terror.)
Turns out, they have been recommending that Anyone who has been declared a threat to himself or others in a court of law (this guy was), even if they are not institutionalized, should be put on a Gun Ban List. This recommendation has been around for YEARS. Nothing has been done about it.
They will throw up their hands and do nothing about it now.
That is why people like him can still buy guns and ammo.
*sigh*
jilara
Apr. 23rd, 2007 09:15 pm (UTC)
Put another way (again, based on recent news):
War on Terror poster boy (Pat Tilman) killed by friendly fire, and subsequent Army cover-up of serious media disaster = News.
Hundreds/thousands killed in Iraq every month by improvised explosive devices = Business as usual
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