Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Do the Math

Oh you commentators, you psychologists, you penal experts, media mavens, all of you who try to search out the why, the why twenty children were savagely murdered, the why America is the spawning ground, though by no means the only ground, for acts such as these; all of you, all of us, do the math:

Millions of mentally ill people + a media culture of hurt and violence + militarism + three hundred million guns in circulation = inevitable catastrophe. It happens at random in any state because the law of averages dictates that this nightmarish equation will be lived and relived.

But no, some say, let’s not take away rights, second amendment rights that protect access to an object that symbolizes violence and conquest, that gives a hurt and damaged individual a way to express that hurt by destroying lives that have yet to find their way in the world. These shootings are an act of revenge, an attack on the healthy by the sick. “Guns don’t kill”, they say, “People do”. NO! People with guns kill. Do the math.

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About ken

I am a former Toronto teacher and writer now living in Vancouver. I work with Dr. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, with whom I published Eye of the Hurricane: My path from Darkness to Freedom (Chicago review Press, 2011), as Director of Media Relations and as an advocate for wrongly convicted prisoners. Other publication credits include Songs of Aging Children (Arsenal Pulp Press, 1992) a book of short stories about troubled youth, and Taking Steam, a play co-authored with the late Brian Shein, staged at New York's Jewish Repertory Theatre and Toronto in 1983. Life Without (Quattro Books, 2012) is a novella about a New York cab driver wrongly convicted of killing his pregnant wife. Gary Geddes (Lt. Governor's Award for Literary Excellence) described it as "one of the most brilliant and harrowing short novels I've read since I went on a John Hawkes binge."

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