An editorial published today by The Centre Daily Times reflects on the grief felt by the families of the victims of the Isla Vista rampage, including Richard Martinez, who railed against the country’s apparent inaction on gun violence.
“It has become acceptable to say that nothing can be done. That American culture is uniquely violent, the gun lobby uniquely powerful and, what with all those millions of guns around, such killings are all but inevitable,” states the editorial.
Gun violence is a multifaceted problem that has become part of American culture. But we don’t have to give up on change, and we shouldn’t. There are “government policies and strategies—including those derived from trial and error—that can reduce the harm caused by guns. Because while gun violence is unquestionably part of American culture, so are pragmatism and perseverance.”