Locked and Loaded
How Second Amendment mythologies—and the market—have taken over the gun-violence debate
AS THE HORRORS OF THE SCHOOL MASSACRE IN NEWTOWN, Connecticut, had begun to sink in, and nestle their way into the broken anatomy of the American body politic, another shooting incident took place, this time in the Rochester, New York, suburb of Webster, on Christmas Eve.
The gunmen in both incidents were demented beyond the pale of culture-war distractions that often deflect attention from the plague of gun violence in American society. Adam Lanza, the twenty-year-old who brutally assassinated twenty elementary-school children and eight adults (including himself and his mother), appears to have manifested his alienation in simple silent withdrawal; no evidence has surfaced in his psychological profile of the usual suspects that firearm advocates love to finger in the wake of gun attacks, such as ultragraphic
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