Violent death of children
This blog has a few visitors from the U.S. Written in Spanish we have not attracted thus far the 40-odd million Spanish speaking US citizens. Still this post is addressed to them. To all of them and the rest of the country, but particularly the citizens of Newtown, Connecticut, who suffered the appalling tragedy this past Friday, we express our deepest sentiments of condolence.
The death of children always regrettable, no matter how common might be in different areas of the world, gets worse when occurs in a space where children should be specially protected: the school. Children have been massacred in schools in Gaza, in Iraq, in Rwanda and many other places in the recent past, but that has been always in the context of armed conflicts. But Columbine, Dunblane, Aurora, Erfurt (Germany), Red Lake and now Newtown are exemples of senseless killing, usually perpetrated by one or two individuals somehow mentally deranged or ideologically wayward minded.
The gun tolerance in the US may be in the root of the incidence of mass murders that are becoming increasingly common in that country. Statistics favor that view (see picture). However, the Academy-Award winning filmmaker Michael Moore says, It’s the Guns – But We All Know, It’s Not Really the Guns turning his eye over the peculiarities of the character of the American people. The author of “Bowling for Columbine” is very vocal for gun control but, alas! that may not be just the answer.
We understand that guns and children do not mix well but there is no question that someone with the will to kill had to be handling the guns. But gun control may take many years to be reasonably enforced in a country with a two centuries history of private ownership of firearms. As we will see calls for action by the (federal) government, now under a democrat president in his second term and thus, with less constraints on his policy making, sorrowfully we do not expect big changes other than regulations whose effectiveness is doubtfull at best.
Meanwhile children in the US will continue under the menace of being killed for no reason whatsoever while they are in school. Sad. Very sad.
X. Allué (Editor)