Getting to grips with America’s gun fetish

Getting to grips with America’s gun fetish

Ten people, mostly students, were killed when a teenage classmate armed with a shotgun and a revolver opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas on May 18. Photo: AFP Joshua Wong Chi-fung and Nathan Law Kwun-chung attend a radio programme at Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) in Kowloon Tong in January. Photo: Winson Wong/SCMP Another week, another mass shooting in the United States. Ten people, mostly students, were gunned down by a 17-year-old, who has reportedly confessed, and more than 10 others injured at a Texas high school. What is more horrific is that it keeps happening on school campuses in the US. But its political leaders sit on their behinds, and its gun lobby denounces student activists demanding tough gun control laws as “civil terrorists”. Do you think perhaps Americans love their children less than they love their guns? America is not the only country with mass shooting incidents. But any other developed country would have, and indeed have, responded in the most urgent and rigorous manner to prevent similar incidents from happening again. Scotland, Australia and Norway all have had terrible killings by lone shooters in the past 22 years, but their governments reacted and reformed their gun laws urgently and effectively. When I was a student in the US in the 1980s, a mass shooter was someone who had “gone postal” because at the time, many such killings happened in post offices or mail-sorting facilities. Today, it’s schools. Perhaps home schooling should be the […]

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