Richmond Pulse: Thoughts on Gun Violence, in the Wake of Newtown

Dec. 18, 2012 / By

Wilted Flowers

 

Blog / Commentary by Yasmine Elsafy

The recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut that left 28 people dead — 20 of them children – has dominated the news cycle. Less known, however, is that while Newtown was the worst massacre of children in our nation’s history, it only one of sixteen mass shootings to have taken place in the U.S. in 2012 – shootings that together have claimed the lives of 88 people.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child like this. And I don’t understand how, after the loss of so many innocent lives, the U.S. can continue to justify gun laws that have resulted in so much death and tragedy?

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