Gun violence that claims too many lives across this country

from President Barack Obama – Reaction to the Zimmerman Trial Verdict on Rap Genius

Meaning

The President has spoken out forcefully for more sensible gun laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre and the Congress’s failed attempt to advance such legislation.

Underpinning this line is a fair amount of rhetoric, a tactic often employed by politicians and leaders: the tying of a tragedy to an agenda position. While it is true that any amount of death can be seen as a negative statistic, the shooting incident, and similar cases, do not appear to have provided any stimulus for change. It is of note that the President, nor Congress, addresses the daily hundreds of gun-related crimes, but only the single case presented. The tactic glorifies the agenda and position of the politician, adding the appearance of deep concern, but hides the reality: homicide rates have dropped steadily over the past 7 years, without Congressional intervention.

The above statistics while mathematically correct, gives the false notion about what in truth is happening.

Handgun homicides have been significantly increasing over the last decade. Suicide numbers have increased significantly as well. Despite reduction in number of persons owning guns, the number of guns has increased. The slight reduction in overall gun death (please note that the above statistics ends in 2007!) was/is due of better awareness on part of recreational users, and primarily in long guns' case.

To suggest that the President was using in a cynical way the Florida case for a political statement is cynical, if not sinister by itself. The same voices would have probably be as critical had he came up with a more generic, less emotional and more bland statement.

Trying to make the issue apolitical and dry fact(?) based only misses the crux of the problem — uncontrolled gun ownership, right wing media frenzy, a corporate back umbrella organization (NRA) advancing the “cause” and overt racism in all levels (Florida’s executive, legislative and judicial system in this instance). Yes it’s only “one kid’s death” as compared to all the others, but it brings the attention to the front, and the President is doing his job at least mentioning the issue in such publicised case.

From business Insider.

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