Life does go on, through Columbine in 1999, through Virginia Tech in 2007, through Sandy Hook in 2012. Each atrocity provides a jolt to the nation and then recedes with little effect, until the next unimaginable event occurs, except each time a little more imaginable. Everything was supposed to change after a man with a semiautomatic weapon mowed down 20 elementary school children in their classrooms last December. But for the politicians, nothing changed. Now, another massacre, another roster of funerals. Again, again, again. LinkOne of the usual responses gun supporters offer to this all-too-common tragedy is to paradoxically insist on broader access to guns, including arming teachers in schools. But, if you pay close attention, you’ll notice that this guy managed to kill a dozen people in a naval base. Likewise, Nidal Malik Hasan, was able to kill 13 people at Fort Hood, an army base. The large number of armed guards, security checkpoints, and the ready availability of guns to highly trained military personnel didn’t stop these massacres. So just why are we arming teachers? Just when does a good guy with a gun actually stop a bad guy with a gun?
The Daily Kos has been keeping track of gun deaths in the United States since Sandy Hook. Every week dozens of people are killed in gun accidents, including a disturbing number of children accidently killed by themselves, siblings or friends. The list also includes a high number of accidental deaths caused by police, security guards, military personnel and others who are trained to handle guns. Check out some of their GunFail posts. The weekly toll of America’s gun culture is staggering and eye-opening.