Tuesday, December 08, 2015


I listened to experts talk of mass murder. How many dead before we call it a mass murder? Does it really matter? To quote Dylan Thomas : After the first death, there is no other.

Experts speak of mass murderers and serial killers. Serial killers need three victims over a period of about a month and then they enter a "cooling off" period. Each crime is a separate event. Wait. The FBI changed their definition. Now two victims are all that is necessary and the cooling off period is also not a criteria. Not everyone agrees.

The intellectual exercise goes on and on. When do we call it terrorism? When is it a killing spree fueled by unhappiness or a grudge? When is it domestic violence?

When do we say that some killings are fueled by hate language and the demonizing of groups?
When do we look at the expanded understanding of the Second Amendment?

When do we stop attempting definitions and sit down and really talk about guns? Until then : "after the first death, there is no other."

10th Day of Advent


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