Wednesday, January 12, 2011

85 guns per 100 people

„There are about 85 guns per 100 people in the United States, and we are particularly awash in handguns. […]

Just since the killings in Tucson, another 320 or so Americans have been killed by guns — anonymously, with barely a whisker of attention. By tomorrow it’ll be 400 deaths. Every day, about 80 people die from guns, and several times as many are injured.“

Kolumnist NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF in der heutigen „New York Times“ über den Anschlag vom Samstag in Arizona, bei dem die US-Kongressabgeordnete Gabrielle Giffords schwer verletzt wurde und sechs Menschen starben; sich selbst bezeichnet Kristof als „an Oregon farm boy who was given a .22 rifle for my 12th birthday“.