A deadly zeal
The Sandy Hook shooter’s bullets were.223 hollow-point, which can be purchased for $144.39 for 500 rounds. If we divide $144.39 by 500, we find that his bullets could be had for $0.29 each. We now know that the shooter fired 155 rounds during his spree of carnage, making the total cost 155 x 0.29 or $44.95. Since 26 children and teachers were killed, that means it cost $1.73 per shattered life.
Are 6- and 7-year-old children and their teachers’ lives really that cheap?
It is an abomination that 46 U.S. senators could not muster the courage to do what they have to know would be the right thing. Their votes disallowed a sensible gun safety proposal despite the known support of a large segment of the U.S. population.
We have seen lawmakers in the past vote with courage and conviction on what they knew to be right, even going against the moneyed interests that supported them. They are not with us anymore. The powers of capitalist zeal for profit have morphed into a peculiar threat to our general welfare. Today’s lawmakers are cowed by these powers that have become fatal to the well-being of our civilization.