Juvenile Deaths

Twenty kids were killed in a school shooting recently. We were all shook up by it. The story has been in the news every day since then. The president cried, the pacifists called for a ban on guns, and the NRA resurrected Charlton Heston from beyond the grave to help them hold their ground. I see a photo of a Marine standing outside some school every day on Facebook, and the debate over weapon-carrying teachers is heating up. After all, twenty kids were killed in a school shooting recently, and we are all shook up by it.

On that same day, 36 other kids died in the United States. It wasn’t newsworthy, because 36 other kids died on the day before the shooting, and 36 more died on the day after the shooting. Today is January 2. Since midnight New Year’s, nearly double the amount of kids killed in the Connecticut shooting have died in the United States.

Why do we care so much about the ones who died in one isolated event? Why don’t we care as much about those in ongoing situations whose deaths far surpass the one-time event of 20?

Thirty-six kids died from various causes today. None of us seem to be shook up by it.