The Tri-City Herald (Sept. 24) used the incident of a man brandishing a gun in a dispute over a parking space to highlight plans for expanded parking for the Kadlec Regional Medical Center. The photo accompanying the article was captioned, “Limited parking near Kadlec leads to testy exchange.” Have we become so inured to gun violence in America that brandishing a gun in a dispute over a parking space is labeled “testy?” Have we lost our mind, or just lost heart, over the seeming inability to do anything about America’s gun violence?
In the same week we read about the “testy exchange” in a hospital parking lot, we read about a Florida man who shot his daughter and six grandchildren to death, then killed himself. We read about a “weapons enthusiast” in Pennsylvania who shot to death a Pennsylvania police officer and wounded another in an ambush. Other “testy exchanges” since Jan. 1, 2014, have resulted in 8,972 gun deaths and 16,293 injuries.
It’s time we overcame the pernicious influence of the NRA and the gun industry and did something about America’s gun violence, at least here in Washington. Pass I-594.