Links, Notes, Bookmarks & Briefs For October 2, 2015
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Another mass shooting in the U.S. leaves ten dead and seven wounded. Yesterday’s massacre at at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, was the 45th school shooting in the U.S. this year, and the 142nd since the December 2012 shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School were gunned down. That’s an average of one per week. Ho hum.
President Barack Obama yet again was forced to address gun violence. “Somehow this has become routine,” he said. “We’ve become numb to this.” Obama’s statement in its entirety is here.
“With the implacable grip that the gun lobby has on Congress, there is virtually no prospect of the United States following the example of nearly every other advanced country and restricting the supply of deadly firearms to civilians. Given that seemingly immutable reality, what is there left to say? Quite a lot, it turns out.”
His dark suit, coupled with the dim lighting, made trying to find the boundary between basic black and darkest black a very pleasant challenge. And fitting for this week’s WordPress photo challenge, whose theme is ‘Boundaries‘, and as today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 637th (!!) straight.