By Joe Curtatone
Imagine if we had a terrorist attack in America every day. We don’t have that, but we do average roughly one mass shooting per day in our country. 242 people have been killed in 2017 as a result of these incidents (and that doesn’t count the incident I’ve linked to below). And that’s a small portion of the 6,602 total gun deaths in America so far in 2017. We need to have an honest, open discussion about whether this is an acceptable level of violence in our society.
We have a presidential administration still pushing for a travel ban on Muslims because maybe one of them might do something violent. Yet our nation is rife with actual violence and we do nothing. The victims in this shooting in Pennsylvania simply went to work. We see this happen repeatedly, notably Orlando last week. Sometimes it’s a school shooting.
While I’m an advocate of tougher gun laws, what we really need is to acknowledge the problem and then put everything on the table. We cannot be this cavalier about the persistence of mass murder in our nation. Surely there is something we can do.