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"think about the issue of gun violence collectively"

A mass murder is usually a tragedy, and certainly the murder that took place yesterday at Emanuel AME Church qualifies as tragic horror. There are no words and no "collective action" that can heal the wounds inflicted on the families and community of Charleston, SC - only time and prayer. I sympathies with the impotence President Obama must feel at moments like this because there really is nothing he can do from Washington DC to undo or sooth the pain this psycho killer's violence inflicted on a good man and some women. I guess his presser today was about as much as he could do and it was good that he addressed the topic but how he can say...
"Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let's be clear. At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency."
with a straight face is beyond my ability to comprehend. What world is this man living in? Who cares what's happening in "other advanced countries" and what are we supposed to do with that information anyway? Change our constitution and adopt their gun laws? Those laws don't seem to be stopping mass murders in Europe, but maybe 0 has other "advanced countries" in mind. As for "other places" - a rather broad scope - I can assure the President that it does happen "there" too with even greater frequency than it does in the good ol' USA. "As a country" I think we "reckon" with murder and violence every day - it's one reason so many Americans own guns as a means of self defense.

Bodymore Murderland
This is a map of Baltimore murders in 2015. This is  happening 50 minutes drive time from the White House. There have been 136 homicides in 2015 to date. Even in DC they have waves of crime and grisly murders though not all of them involve gun violence. Some mass murders are done with bats and fists and don't rise to the level of Presidential sermons on collectively thinking about violence. And that's just DC and Baltimore - people like to bitch about Chicago, but the windy city isn't even in the top 30 murder capitals of the US. What happened in Charleston was a horror inflicted on innocents by a messed up person on psych drugs and he short circuited - how the shrinks can keep on prescribing this shit is a "collective" problem that needs to stop but my bet is that Obamacare probably subsidizes this madness. Evil or mental illness as it's euphemistically called these days is a serious problem but 0's brand of "collective action" tends to exacerbate the problem which is why, no matter how "clear" he is, no one acts on his perspective ideas.


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