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by Ralph F. Couey
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"We become slaves the moment we hand the keys
to the definition of reality entirely over to someone else."
--B. W. Powe
"Towards a Canada of Light"
We are seeing here in 2018 an unprecedented surge in school shootings. As of May 25th, there have been 23 shooting incidents. This is week 21 of 2018, thus they are happening at a rate of more than one per week. Forty-four people have been killed and sixty-six wounded, a total of 110 casualties. To call this a tragedy is a vast understatement. The threats to children from abuse, drugs, terroristic bullying and other less easily definable causes are bad enough. To take away what once was the sanctuary of the schoolhouse makes their lives harder by an order of magnitude. The reaction of the public, fueled by activist media and agenda-driven politicians and pundits, has been one of shock, horror, and despair. The political left has unleashed a wave of anti-gun activism. By all accounts, the National Rifle Association and its political allies are under siege to an unprecedented degree.
But in the space of time in the city of Chicago, 1,012 people have been shot, including nearly 40 victims over the three days of the Memorial Day holiday. That is 50 shootings per week, or more than seven per day. If you go back to the beginning of 2016, the number of shooting victims is now over 8,000. That is, on average, 64 victims per week; over nine per day. According to Chicago PD stats, over two-thirds of those incidents have been cases of African Americans shooting other African Americans. Gun laws have proven ineffective because many of those shooters are already legally banned from owning or possessing weapons. Yet, they still are able to arm themselves.
The media and public response? Dead, cold silence.
Where are the activists? Where is the gun control lobby? Where is the national outrage?
Why don't those Black Lives Matter?