One of our “pariahs” gave up his gun in the mistaken belief that he could effect discourse with a declared enemy…it is not a simple problem.

The Octogenarians

This a.m the news of a new shooting hit the media. This time in a town near Roanoke Va. a young telejournalist, her photographer and a member of the local chamber of commerce were shot by a former employee of the TV channel. The shooter had been discharged by the TV station a little over a year ago.The telejournalist and her photographer were shot to death and the disgruntled former employee committed suicide after twittering his own recording of the shooting.This time the shooter was a (socially defined) black man and once again discourse and sensible resolution of the problem gave way to the sweep of anger and despair.
There are too many guns around to make any kind of recall feasible and despite occasional acts of heroism (as on the French train a day or so ago),the advantage goes to the perpetrator.A gun is an instrument but also a symbol.Discourse…

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