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Gun culture is the problem

 

Posted: 07/22/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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A crowd protests gun violence in Orlando, Fla., last week.

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A crowd protests gun violence in Orlando, Fla., last week.

In no other country in the civilized world would George Zimmerman have been allowed, or encouraged, to carry that 9-mm handgun while on a community-watch mission.

This is really at the heart of what happened in Sanford, Fla. Trayvon Martin is dead, and while it is true that Zimmerman did not set out that night to kill him, he can't be allowed to just walk away. In a very real sense, Zimmerman is also a victim.

America desperately needs to reframe the entire debate over gun control, and in so doing separate the issues of assault weapons, handguns and hunting rifles. Newtown, Aurora and Columbine are pretty much forgotten now, all blotted out by the constant drum roll from folks like the National Rifle Association and the American firearms industry.

The Zimmerman-Martin case is the logical outcome of the paranoid fallacies and fantasies that underpin American gun culture, and the rocky road down which that country has chosen to go.

ERIC DURHAM

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 22, 2013 A8

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