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Archive for January 3, 2019

Did you/I know?

gun sale copyNYT today. I was impressed and surprised by the array of assault weapons available for purchase right now.

“Gun-related deaths are increasing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in December that the nearly 40,000 people who died from firearms injuries in the United States in 2017 was more than any other year since at least 1968. Nearly two-thirds of those deaths were suicides. The rate of gun deaths also increased to 12 deaths for every 100,000 people, the highest since the mid-1990s.

…A New York Times analysis published in February found that 173 people have been killed since 2007 in mass shootings involving AR-15s. Yet they don’t make up a large chunk of gun violence in America, Mr. Heyne said.”

 

So, one can argue that assault weapons don’t kill many people. I guess 173 dead is not a large number. Do you remember? When I would watch Public Television news in the late 1990’s every evening would conclude with remembrance of a lost soldier killed in action in the Afghan/Iraq war. One, two…. It was never mass death. That was military. Civilian? Is there justification? 9/11, we went to war for several thousand civilian deaths. What is the lower limit of our tolerance. 40,000? Did you know? TMI. There’s simply not enough time to absorb the news. I daresay someone will call this overblown and “fake news.” The NRA has brought a law suit. They are still trying to look relevant. At 17 you can obtain parental consent to join the Army.


Left Hand

Like me, David is left handed. He was ambiguous as a kid. His sister Jules was right handed immediately. She would patiently transfer the crayon to her right hand. David would use either hand. Like Da Vinci, David painted his hand – his right hand. It makes sense he used the brush in his left hand while he used the right as his model. He worked for a summer in Brownsville working on a community mural project. I went to the opening. I wonder if the mural is still there? if you should see it, that right hand painted on the wall is that of the artist himself.