Friday, October 2, 2015

Quotes of the day: President Obama on the Oregon shooting

The link is here.

"We don't yet know why this individual did what he did, and it's fair to say that anybody who does this has a sickness in their minds," Obama said. "But we are not the only country on Earth that has people with mental illnesses who want to do harm to other people. We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months."

He added, "Somehow, this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We've become numb to this."

Indeed. I've made the point many times before. The numbness goes hand in hand with the acceptance of a trade-off: the so-called 2nd amendment rights vs. dead children. NRA and the gun lobby have accepted the trade-off and the rest of us have grown used to it, numbed by it.

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