Hidden Cause, Visible Effects

It took longer than I expected after the horrific gun  violence at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before the lunatic right wing hate talk began. But who better than Joe the Plummer to kick it off?: “Your dead kids don’t trump my constitutional rights.” Our public discourse has been so degraded that there will be nothing but outrageous, violent talk on the right and indignation from the mainstream. Actually fixing a serious public health issue is no longer an option. The right has so dominated the (non-existent) “debate” that it has been able to get its way not only in proliferating gun availability but also in systematically cutting off research in gun violence.

So without any fancy sociology or rigorous statistical analysis, let’s see what the right is afraid of if there were a “debate” on gun control.  I performed a simple Google search for deaths by…

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