Abby Martin: How Exceptionalism Fuels America’s Gun Massacres

I’m special so I get to shoot people. No, I’m not being sarcastic. Maybe.

Vox Populi

We recently passed the second anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where twenty helpless children and six staff members were gunned down in cold blood.

Although the targeting of small children is uniquely cruel, school shootings have become notoriously affiliated with America. In fact, there have already been 95 school shootings in 16 states since that fateful day.

As Mother Jones reveals, 21 of those 95 shootings have been deadly. 35 victims have been killed, including the shooters, and 11 more injured. Yet despite their sensational media coverage, they make up only a tiny fraction of gun related deaths. According to the CDC, over 32,000 people died in 2011 from firearms, including suicides.

Still, what is driving members of society to gun down their brothers and sisters, from schools to movie theaters across the country?

Many people will tell you lax gun control…

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