Monday, April 23, 2007

The other 364 days

The murders of 32 people and the wounding of 29 at Virginia Tech were a terrible tragedy. The events in Virginia brought about a national outpouring of grief and sympathy, and rightly so. I offer my own sympathies and condolences to the victims and survivors and to their families and friends.

But according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 16,611 homicides in the USA in 2004. That's over 45 per day, almost one and a half Virginia Techs every single day of the year. And while I have no intention of minimizing the tragedy in Virginia or of denigrating the reaction to it in any way, I can't help wondering: why aren't we also mourning what happens on the other 364 days of the year?

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