Posted by: amygdala | November 29, 2009

Young guns

In most other parts of the world, it would be no extraordinary mental leap to correlate such killings with America’s relaxed approach to gun control. After all, many eight-year-old boys get cross with their fathers, but they can’t turn that anger into a bloodbath unless they have access to a gun. Thanks to the exalted position that the gun inhabits in the American psyche, however, that sort of logic has little purchase in the US, certainly in those parts of the country – the south and the west in particular – where gun ownership is high and shooting popular. Yet if you look at a map that plots where children have died by the gun in any one year, they are concentrated in precisely those same regions.

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