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April 17, 2007

Note On The Shooting

-- by Dave Johnson

30,000 Americans are killed by guns every year in the US. 32 of them yesterday.

32 dead from a shooting or other violence is almost a daily occurrence in Iraq - thanks to us - and gets almost no mention on our news. But it's the ONLY thing on the news when it happens here. Why is that? Juan Cole on PBS Newshour last night, through Think Progress (with video at the link)

Remember that we’re all concerned, as we should be, about these events at Virginia Tech today. In Iraq this is a daily event. Imagine how horrible it would be if this kind of massacre were occurring every single day. And the people of Iraq feel that either the Americans are not stopping it or they’re actually causing it.

The shooter came to the U.S. at age 8 in 1992, a legal resident, studying English Literature in college. But suddenly he is a South Korean. S.Korean student blamed for shooting rampage - Yahoo! News

Posted by Dave Johnson at April 17, 2007 11:42 AM

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