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7) Summer of Guns
The city tends to quiet down in the summer; people move at a slower pace, the air seems thick and still. But in the midst of all this quiet came shots. It seemed like every day brought a new and horrific instance of gun violence. And all too frequently the victims were children. Even though, overall, crime continues to be at record lows in NYC, this summer taught us that the veneer of safety is sometimes only that. As long as so many guns are on the street, death can come at a moment’s notice.
[Note: I wrote this before the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. And while I am not going to speak here to all of the myriad issues which that shooting has raised, including the way we treat the mentally ill in this country, I will say that all the gun control discussions that we are having now, because of Newtown, should have been happening all along. We can't stop talking about this. There is no reason—no worthwhile reason at all—for these kinds of weapons to be accessible and for all these children and families to suffer.]