(K. Brent Tomer),
Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. By Gary Younge. Nation Books; 267 pages; $25.99. Guardian Faber; £16.99.
Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings. By Louis Klarevas. Prometheus; 397 pages; $25.
Come and Take It: The Gun Printer’s Guide to Thinking Free. By Cody Wilson. Gallery Books; 320 pages; $26.
ONE of the peculiar things about America is the extraordinary frequency with which people who live there are shot to death. There are well over 30,000 gun deaths in America each year, roughly two-thirds of them suicides and one-third murders. This firearm homicide rate, 3.4 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2014, is more than five times that of any other developed country. Yet America’s political system steadfastly rejects every attempt to do anything about it. Massacres in schools have become regular occurrences, yet Congress has consistently voted down even weak gun-control measures. The Supreme Court decided in 2008 that the constitution’s Second Amendment, which begins with a…Continue reading