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Gun Culture In America: Our Slow Motion Collective Mass Suicide

Sunday, 10 November 2013 15:29 By Dennis Trainor Jr, AcronymTV | Video Report
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A report cam over the AP wire last night that, if this were any other country in the world, would have been the top news story for days: "Multiple shots were fired inside a northern New Jersey mall shortly before closing time Monday night," read the opening line of the report and Americans, having been through this drill before, found a cable TV talking head or pieced together facts from the ever reliable twitter and were able to learn, in short order, that a man, described by eyewitnesses as wearing body amour, black leather pants and a motorcycle helmet, was seen walking by Talbots in the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus shooting his riffle into the air. A huge local and state police presence responded the mall went into lockdown and the incident ended when the gunman apparently took his own life in a Footlocker store. No other deaths or injuries were reported. In our post Columbine, post Sandy Hook world, we are so anesthetized to situations such as these that most people barely missed a beat before clicking back to Monday night football, the food network or whatever other implements of temporary distraction you have selected to dull your brain from the pain of the cruel world you inhabit, but enough about me- we are here to talk about Guns in capitol A America!

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Dennis Trainor Jr

Dennis Trainor, Jr. is the host and producer of Acronym TV. He has also produced and directed the documentaries American Autumn: an Occudoc and Legalize Democracy. Follow him on twitter (@DennisTrainorJr).


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Gun Culture In America: Our Slow Motion Collective Mass Suicide

Sunday, 10 November 2013 15:29 By Dennis Trainor Jr, AcronymTV | Video Report
  • font size decrease font size decrease font size increase font size increase font size
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A report cam over the AP wire last night that, if this were any other country in the world, would have been the top news story for days: "Multiple shots were fired inside a northern New Jersey mall shortly before closing time Monday night," read the opening line of the report and Americans, having been through this drill before, found a cable TV talking head or pieced together facts from the ever reliable twitter and were able to learn, in short order, that a man, described by eyewitnesses as wearing body amour, black leather pants and a motorcycle helmet, was seen walking by Talbots in the Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus shooting his riffle into the air. A huge local and state police presence responded the mall went into lockdown and the incident ended when the gunman apparently took his own life in a Footlocker store. No other deaths or injuries were reported. In our post Columbine, post Sandy Hook world, we are so anesthetized to situations such as these that most people barely missed a beat before clicking back to Monday night football, the food network or whatever other implements of temporary distraction you have selected to dull your brain from the pain of the cruel world you inhabit, but enough about me- we are here to talk about Guns in capitol A America!

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Dennis Trainor Jr

Dennis Trainor, Jr. is the host and producer of Acronym TV. He has also produced and directed the documentaries American Autumn: an Occudoc and Legalize Democracy. Follow him on twitter (@DennisTrainorJr).


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