2. Eleven of the 20 worst mass shootings in the last 50 years took place in the United States.
Time has the full list here. In second place is Finland, with two entries.
All a big coinky-dink, I’m sure.
I also I agree with this, indeed as applied to any public figure. Arguments may be more or less effective depending on the context and this shouldn’t be ignored, but there’s no “non-political” reaction of a prominent politician to mass killings. And this very much includes pretending that access to guns and ammunition isn’t a public policy issue with serious consequences.
…”Meaningful action.” It’s a start.
…Also, I’m sure there will be narrative that Connecticut, being in New England at all, must have incredibly stringent gun control regulations, which shows that gun control doesn’t work. Leaving aside the fact that all state (as opposed to federal) gun regulations are going to be of relatively limited value in a country with open interstate borders, Connecticut does not have particularly stringent gun control laws — they are middle of the road by American standards and extremely lax by international ones.
…There was also a horrible attack on schoolchildren in China today. Two key differences: 1)the perpetrator didn’t have a gun, and 2)the death toll was zero. But I don’t mean to “politicize” the horrible events in Newton by suggesting that firearms might be more dangerous than lawn furniture.