Imagine not 4,000+ Americans dead, but 150,000 American fatalities in the last five years.
Thirty or more American deaths on the average day, week in and week out, with no end in sight.
Would that be enough to arouse the citizenry, to demand an end to the killing and bloodshed?
You’d think so. But the answer is no.
The 4,000 US fatalities in Iraq pale beside the 150,000 Americans killed by firearms in this country over a five-year period.
Wednesday, the first anniversary of the massacre of 32 people at Virginia Tech, the media paid a little bit of attention to memorials and observances around the country.
But there is no real outcry and no concerted national effort to end firearms violence, even though 32 — the number of people killed by gunfire at Virginia Tech — is also the number of gun homicides recorded on an average day in the United States.
That’s because many gun-toting Americans seem to think we have a constitutional right to kill each other with firearms, or at least to be free of any sensible restraints that might limit or prevent gun violence.