Stop gun violence for the holidays
12/5/2013, 4:18 p.m.
But as gun ownership increases, so does concern over child safety. According to FBI data, in 2011, 1,668 African-Americans under the age of 22 were killed by guns. That is three times the number of Americans killed that year fighting a war in Afghanistan. On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
“We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex,” Obama said last year. Lanza killed 5- and 6-year-old children, shooting one 5-year-old child over 10 times. He used a 10-milimeter Glock handgun, a 9-milimeter Sig Sauer and a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, which is a civilian version of a military M-16 rifle.
All of his weapons were legally registered to Nancy Lanza, his mother, whom he killed first. The causes of such violence may be complex. However, the resulting loss of so many young lives is an international disgrace.
Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, an associate professor of constitutional law at John Jay College in New York City, is a legal correspondent covering the U.S. Supreme Court, the United Nations and major legal issues. She is author of “Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present.” Follow her on Twitter @GbrowneMarshall.