Emblematic Narratives Are Hard to Find
Item 3 Marking the National Rifle Association’s 2015 Freedom Festival in Nashville
Yesterday, the U.S. Capitol was locked down because a gunshot was fired immediately outside its walls. Initial reports indicated only that the gunman had been “neutralized” by a “self-inflicted fatal gunshot.”
Putting aside the very odd language that authorities used to summarize what had occurred, once it was clear that this shooting was “only a suicide,” the story received very little further attention.
But if you consider the statistics that I presented in the second in this series of four posts, perhaps this story should have received much more attention—since almost two-thirds of the gun-related deaths that occur each year are suicides, and here was someone tragically illustrating that reality almost literally on the steps of the Capitol.
By the way, if one adds in the murder victims in murder-suicides, the number of gun-related deaths related to suicides…
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