You know you need gun control when

Via Rachel Steele
on Jun 25, 2008
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A gun rampage in Kentucky does not make front page news. Granted, I am two hours behind the East Coast, so the 25 year old male factory worker who killed five of his colleagues, injured one, and shot himself might have been a front page story earlier in the day. It is currently on the front page of the BBC, but in the NYtimes, the story is on the front page of the US section of the online newspaper. Interestingly, the story is the third most popular news article on the BBC website, but does not crack the top ten on the NYtimes website (however, the BBC and the NYtimes use different measurements for popularity, so I am comparing most read and most emailed respectively, and the article is not in the top 5 most emailed articles for the BBC). I will stop short of making a universal declaration about whether Americans are too desensitized to gun violence, but it certainly makes you wonder. I will say, however, that I much prefer and admire UK gun laws.

Last spring, President Bush, urged Americans not to turn Virginia Tech into a debate about gun control: “Now’s not the time to do the debate until we’re absolutely certain about what happened and after we help people get over their grieving.” My personal opinion sounds a bit more like Lyndon B. Johnson’s famous civil rights speech We Shall Overcome—Now is not the time for hesitation.

Perhaps I am being alarmist and dramatic, but when a gun rampage no longer warrants front page placement on the day it happens (and for the duration of that day), then gun rampages are too common and something must be done.


About Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele originally hails from Charleston, SC, but schlepped all the way to Boulder to play in the mountains and study at the University of Colorado. She graduated with a degree in in Political Geography in 2008 and then briefly traveled in India and was certified as a yoga teacher in 2009 at Holy Cow Yoga Studio. She has since returned to her mother's ancestral home of Brooklyn, NY and is proud to call the Williamsburg area home. Despite what her mother recently said, she doesn't think she's become a hipster. She does wears many hats, including a fedora with a pin of Lindsey Lohan on it, but the one that is most important to her is that of a feminist filmmaker. She also loves live music, enjoys cooking, and is happiest when rabble rousing. She does miss Colorado, but feels very connected to her college home when writing for elephant. Her personal blog can be found at and on imdb.


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