“In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate,” Dan Hodges, a British journalist, wrote in a post on Twitter two years ago, referring to the 2012 attack that killed 20 young students at an elementary school in Connecticut. “Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over.”

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7 Responses to “The truest words UD has read about gun control in America.”

  1. V Ricks Says:

    I remember that Tweet from the time. I also remember briefly being confused about whether, in the second sentence, “it” refers to the US gun control debate or instead to America, before deciding that that ambiguity might be deliberate…

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    V: Hadn’t noticed that ambiguity – I guess I always read it as referring to US gun control. But you’re right- the author possibly intended the ambiguity.

    I’m not surprised you remember the tweet. Something about the way it’s written – especially the word “bearable” – makes it unforgettable.

  3. V Ricks Says:

    In context, the choice of the word, “bearable” was doubly unforgettable, and doubly heartbreaking, because of its echo with CS Lewis’s claim that “humankind cannot bear very much reality”.

  4. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    It was not just ‘bearable’ but a rallying point for false-flag wavers. Aren’t the families still being harassed?

  5. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ravi: Yes they are. This blog followed very closely the fate of vile James Tracy, late of Florida Atlantic University.

  6. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    I favor the ‘America interpretation.’ We’re over the cliff.

  7. charlie Says:

    No need to have waited until someone opened an automatic weapon on children. This country has always displayed a contempt for poor children. Dad used to say that there was no poverty like that found in New Mexico, Arizona and West Texas. He was right.

    The disdain hasn’t diminished, it may be redirected, but it still exists…

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