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It’s rare to hear an author say, “Researching and writing this book has made me want to scream.” But perhaps it’s not surprising, given the topic of Gary Younge’s Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives — the daily, weekly, monthly, yearly death-by-gun of startling numbers of kids in this country — and the time he spent tracking down the stories of the young Americans who died on a single day in November 2013 in separate incidents nationwide.

After all, these days, the U.S. is a haven and a heaven for guns. It’s hard to find another nation on the planet — except in places like Syria or Afghanistan where whole populations have been thrown into desperate internecine conflicts — in which guns are so readily available. Between 1968 and 2015, the number of guns in the U.S. essentially doubled to 300 million. Between 2010 and 2013 alone, American arms manufacturers doubled their production of weapons to almost 11 million a year. And those guns have gotten more deadly as well. Military-style assault rifles and semi-automatic handguns are now the weapons of choice for mass killers and “lone wolf” terrorists in this country. In almost all cases those killers got their guns and ammo (often high-capacity magazines capable of holding 15 to 100 rounds) in perfectly legal fashion. And it’s getting easier to carry concealed weapons all the time. Missouri, for instance, recently passed a law that allows the carrying of such a weapon without either a permit or training of any sort.

Under the circumstances, no one should be surprised that kids die in remarkable numbers from guns for all kinds of reasons. Believe me, though, that makes it no less shocking when you read Younge’s unsettling and moving book. Long a journalist, columnist, and editor for the British Guardian stationed here in the U.S., today he offers us a look at the death toll from guns among our young and the way we Americans generally like to explain that toll to ourselves (or rather how we like to explain it away).

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Gun Control 
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  1. Gemjunior says:

    The death of any child/children is always a tragedy, but this should be handled in a different way such as heavy fines or better safety mechanisms or something. We can never have our 2nd amendment be changed in any way, or it’s the slippery slop.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  2. @Gemjunior

    No, not every child’s death is a tragedy. A shame, perhaps, but not a tragedy.

    We protect the children too much, and the corresponding decline in the salubrious effects of natural selection is leading to a dumbing down of the broader population, and that is the real tragedy of the modern world.

    • Replies: @woodNfish
  3. Kyle a says:

    Eliminate the Hispanic and black population in this country and your article becomes a non issue. Unreasonable for sure, but reality.

    • Replies: @RadicalCenter
  4. @Kyle a

    Just removing the African population of the USA would accomplish the goal.

  5. A drop in the ocean compared to the number of children killed by bombs.

  6. Gary Younge is a Guardianista twit who has carved a rather embarrassing career out of America bashing. Besides, his British government kills more people every year by failing to provide them with adequate heat than the number of people killed by guns in America.

  7. And, may I ask you, Gary Younge, WHO is Killing WHO at RECORD NUMBERS all across the U.S.? 53% OF ALL MURDERS, to be EXACT? BLACK AMERICANS !! Do you really believe if guns were out the picture this would get ANY better?

    ….”America´s “White Gun Culture” Isnt Killing People – BLACKS are!”

  8. woodNfish says:
    @The Alarmist

    Agreed. Trayvon Martin got what he deserved. And we have too many morons like Gary Younge inflicting their stupidity on the rest of us.

  9. Between 1968 and 2015, the number of guns in the U.S. essentially doubled to 300 million

    Between 1968 and 2015, the number of adults in the United States essentially doubled from 125 million to 245 million. The rate of gun ownership was essentially unchanged.

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