“Even now as I type the words ‘gun law,’ I instinctively know someone is saying “What about Chicago?” — a place of strict gun laws and rampant gun violence. This person is not really asking about Chicago’s well-being with respect to gun violence. Such a query would suggest that this person cared about the answer.
“They are saying it because it’s a knee-jerk rebuttal to a challenge about guns. But it is void of concern — an invocation of a place struggling with violence for a raft of complex reasons. But such a response is used as way to fend off any real discussion of the problem of guns in our country. Do we want to find an answer?
“Sadly this is America: comfortably numb.” – LZ Granderson in Don’t try to sugarcoat the horror of Jacksonville [via cnn.com]