Guns and hate

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Ba­si­cally, we did noth­ing af­ter the Columbine shoot­ing in 1999. We did noth­ing af­ter the at­tempted as­sas­si­na­tion of for­mer Rep. Gabrielle Gif­fords in 2011. We did noth­ing af­ter the Aurora, Colo., shoot­ing in 2012, and we did ab­so­lutely noth­ing af­ter the bru­tal­iza­tion of the adults and chil­dren at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School in Con­necti­cut later that year.

What we Amer­i­cans do “best,” ap­par­ently, in re­solv­ing dis­agree­ments, ar­gu­ments or dif­fer­ent points of view is to re­sort to vi­o­lence.

So why should we think any­thing will get done now that nine peo­ple were killed in South Carolina on Wed­nes­day?

Rod­ney K. Boswell

Thou­sand Oaks

Bren­dan Smi­alowski AFP/Getty Im­ages

A ME­MO­RIAL near the South Carolina church where nine wor­ship­pers were slain Wed­nes­day.

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