Posts Tagged ‘gun control’

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I live in Canada, so maybe I’ve been a bit sheltered on the issue of gun violence. We just don’t have a lot of it here. In 2009, the last year we have conclusive data for, there were 173 gun homicides and four times that number in gun suicides. Canadians just don’t seem to use guns to kill each other.

But, as a father, when something like Newtown happens, I feel it. I feel for the families of the children who died. I feel for the families of the teachers. Most of all I feel for the children who survived and for whom school is no longer a safe haven, who’s siblings won’t be opening up their Christmas presents this year, and who have a long, hard road of mental recovery to slog through before they’re anything resembling okay.

Things like this happen and they affect us all. My immediate reaction to the news, irrational as it might have been, was to call my wife and ask her to give me a headcount of our children. (We have two, it would have taken less than a second) Theatre shootings, school shootings, mall shootings, temple shootings. We see these things now all the time; how could the not affect us?

But the thing that has started to make me really angry is the number of people who immediately post on Twitter or Facebook or Reddit or (God help us) Google+ about how, just because children/moviegoers/shoppers/mistakenly-assumed-to-be-muslims-in-sikh-temples are dying, doesn’t mean that now is the time to have a conversation about gun control. (more…)

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Unless you live in a bubble, you can’t help but be aware of what happened this week.

That’s right, for the first time ever and in defiance of all the odds, an article written by me had over four hundred hits and

Oh, right.

Deep breath. (Not everything’s about me. Not everything’s about me. Not everything’s about me.)

So. The other thing that happened.

 I debated writing a piece actually on the vengeful destruction of Prop 8 at the hands of the forces of truth and light but, for a number of reasons[i], I decided not to. After all, the Walrus is about setting trends, not following them. I couldn’t just let the issue pass though; it’s kind of one of those big deal historical moments that you get laughed at a decade later for being asleep during. You know, like when we did this very same thing as a whole nation up here in the North[ii], where we care less about who’s nailing who as long as they’re staying warm.  

Anyway.

The point is, I had to say something. So I said to myself, “Self, what’s the angle here? What can we possibly say that will use this news to shed light on some crucial but oft neglected facet of humanity’s humanity? What nugget of sheer and insane genius can we ejaculate vigorously on the chin of the zeitgeist?” (more…)