Mourning Boston While Gun Bill Dies

17 April 2013 |permalink | email article

Against the backdrop of the Boston Marathon tragedy. as Joan Walsh writes in Salon, it feels unspeakably sad that even the compromise gun control legislation has has been doomed in the Senate. Bombs, not guns, were used in the the Boston attack—trauma surgeons say they’ve pulled pellets and nails out of the bombing victims ; some had between 10 and 40 pieces of shrapnel inside them. The Associated Press reported that the explosives may have been made with pressure cookers along with metal and ball bearings. Tucson shooting victim survivor Gabby Griffords was supposed to appear but cancelled. The bombing occurred on Patriot’s Day, which celebrates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, a day that has practically become a right-wing militia-survivalist-patriot holiday. Walsh notes that the tragedy in Boston occurred on the same day as the marathon honored the 26 victims of the Newtown massacre. “We fail them, and we fail the Boston victims, by surrendering to the bullies who protect guns and neuter government agencies like the ATF and make make us all less safe.” 

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