Responsible Gun Owner: Twenty Dead Children a "Drop In the Ocean"
by Dan Savage
on Sat, Dec 22, 2012 at 2:38 PM
A letter from a reader:
My name is Morgan. As a responsible gun owner I find your coverage of the recent elementary school shooting lacking. The bigger picture is this; 26 tragic deaths is one particularly salty drop in an ocean, with regards to untimely deaths in this country. How many people are dying each year because of poor diets, cancer, car wrecks, prescription drugs, choking, bicycle-ground/bus/car accidents? You get the idea. Print that and nobody will ever bring up guns again. So lets call it what it is: a distraction. Gun violence in the media is a distraction. What from? Everything else that is going on, bad roads, poor health care, drones spying on U.S. citizens, corporate greed, or maybe even child trafficking. Just like professional sports are the opiate of the masses, so too are these "little" sensationalized stories.
I won't call it hypocritical, but don't you also find some irony in the fact that The Stranger vol.22/no.16 not only contains your thoughts on national gun disgust but also a much larger article about two, soon to be three people who are being held indefinitely without trial, without conviction? If the FBI knocks on your door who will stand up for you? You? With what? Truth? Truth isn't a bulletproof vest and it certainly wont stop a bulldozer. Peacefully protest, great, but for how long?
Do some real reporting, don't take the easy route, be more than your job, impress me.
Shorter Morgan: "Look! Over there! Someone is having a second helping of dessert!"