It’s the Guns

It’s the Guns (The Atlantic)

The outrage after Parkland set off a moral reckoning and awakening—there’s a simple explanation for school shootings.

Commentary from David Frum in The Atlantic following the school shooting at Santa Fe High School outside of Houston, TX.

Americans of high-school age are 82 times more likely to die from a gun homicide than 15- to 19-year-olds in the rest of the developed world.

 

Only 30 percent of Americans own guns. Thus far, that minority has sufficed to block substantial federal action on guns. But a one-third minority—and especially a non-urban one-third minority—may no longer suffice to shape American culture.

 

American gun culture in the 2010s is as blithely irresponsible as American alcohol culture in the 1960s.

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