“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0
Raise your children, politely.
An Alabama man was in surgery on Sunday after police said he shot himself and his 6-year-old daughter while cleaning his gun.
Homicide Unit commander Capt. Loyd Baker said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit had been called to the scene by Northport police to investigate a 45-year-old man who reportedly fired a round into his own leg as he was cleaning a 9 mm pistol, according to Al.com.
In the Baltimore Sun, Dan Rodricks explains that we have promulgated all this politeness:
We’ve become so accustomed to violence like this we accept it as normal. We expect it.
And, in fact, when it comes to gun violence in the U.S., what happened in College Park (yet another murder-suicide–ed.) approaches the tragically common — a gun used in a murder or in a suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 31,672 firearms-related deaths nationwide in 2010. About two-thirds of them were suicides.
This happens because we accept it.
Then there’s this, another manifestation of what happens when you enter the fearful, paranoid world of gunnuttery.