This Axios headline struck me today: U.S. has seen 1 day in June without a mass shooting. Honestly, this sells it short, as of this writing there have been 32 documented shootings in the first 12 days of the month. That brings us up to 303 murders and 1,140 injuries in these shootings in 2022 (note, these stats only count incidents with 4 or more victims, not including the shooter).
For many decades this has been a uniquely American problem, and as I see it, we have two options.
- Figure out what it is that’s different about the U.S. and actually address those differences.
- Decide we’re actually okay with this.
I obviously don’t think anyone is going to publicly answer #2, but when your suggestions are to make schools have one door, or that it’s really violent video games, or that people need mental health help (another thing you go out of your way not to fund), you’re answering #2, you just don’t want to admit it.