Glorifying guns gave us the Columbia Mall shooting [Letter]

Dan Rodricks' column on the Columbia Mall shooting was a refreshing bit of honesty with all of the bark on ("Expecting the horrible is the American way," Jan. 25).

I am personally tired of the candles-and-teddy bear rituals featuring politicians talking about communities "coming together." A deeply pathological love for guns has infected the United States.

If we are ever going to stop this senseless killing, it will require that Americans realize just how sick we are to allow, much less glorify, a surfeit of killing power in our homes, on our streets and where we work, shop, worship and send our children to school.

Tom Diaz

The writer is author of "The Last Gun: How Changes in the Gun Industry Are Killing Americans and What It Will Take to Stop It."

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