Chicago is not alone. Americans across the country from Ft. Hood to campuses in Dekalb and Blacksburg to the Pentagon and Columbine continue to wonder how dangerous individuals have access to deadly weapons.
The logic is absolutely clear -- the more guns in private hands, the more people will be shot and killed each year in the US. The more guns in private hands, the greater the number will be of mentally unstable individuals with guns.
On January 7, we wrote a blog celebrating the third anniversary of a law passed to prevent people with disqualifying mental health records from buying guns. The next day, the mass shooting in Tucson happened.
Gun-ownership stands out as one of the only areas in which we do not screen for a public threat before approving a potentially lethal activity. Increasing barriers to gun possession for the mentally ill will save lives.
During my years serving homeless and at risk populations in inner city communities, I cringe whenever I hear news that another life -- or lives -- has been lost to illegal weapons which seem to be available on demand.
Elected officials must consider the awesome responsibility of the jobs they've been entrusted to do. Talk to victims, survivors, and law enforcement about the all too pervasive and underreported tragedy of gun violence. And then do something to halt it.
Friday marks the third anniversary of the massacre at Virginia Tech. Four days later, Tuesday, marks the 11th anniversary of the deaths at Columbine. And on Monday, two gun lobby gatherings are planned.
Jess Zimmerman is a junior at Butler University. Last year he wrote criticisms of Butler's administration in an anonymous blog. We now have the first case of a university suing a student over online free speech.