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Should Mass Shootings be Politicized?

is4junk          14 November 2015 06:44 PM

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melian 14 November 2015 07:39 PM

Is there an alternative? There is very little common ground between political parties on this issue. In the NYTimes article on the recent shootings in Paris the most upvoted comment blames it on the GWB.


ChristianKl 15 November 2015 08:07 AM

Shootings are the result of political decisions. At the same time people want to have in the future political decisions that lead to less shootings. That's also very political.

If you believe in democracy and that important decisions should be made via public debates instead of in secret then it makes sense to speak politically about important events like mass shootings.


is4junk 17 November 2015 01:46 PM

Answer: Maybe

John Kerry:

"There’s something different about what happened from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that."

I hadn't realized this distinction. Clearly, there should be a sliding scale on how much to politicize based on who the victims are.