The current debate on gun control really makes me think about the way in which we as a society value life. I ask this question: does America value the lives of children over the lives of everyone else? Before the Sandy Hook massacre, people–young, old, middle aged–died everyday from gun violence. But there was no mass outcry for gun control. Not until of course a bunch of children were killed. My question is why? Would people really care as much if the gunman had shot 26 people in any other location? Millions of children suffer from malnutrition every year, but I don’t see public outcry demanding that congress require that everyone in the country have access to food.
I’m not trying to make a statement about gun control, and I’m not trying to minimize or trivialize the deaths of the Sandy Hook children. It’s obviously a tragedy. It just seems to me that in this country, something is really only a tragedy if it happens to a group of children.