Editorial: Uncomfortable truths about stopping gun violence

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Last Monday, three days after a mass shooting at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., and two days before the slaughter in San Bernardino, Calif., Worcester Mayor Joseph M. Petty called on fellow mayors to make Dec. 14 a yearly statewide gun buyback day.

Mayor Petty


Mayor Petty

Dec. 14 is the third anniversary of the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. It bears noting that there have been at least 1,044 mass shootings since Sandy Hook.

Emotive language, like “slaughter” and “massacre,” and referring to those who carry out mass shootings as “terrorists,” underscores the raw emotions of coming to grips with the needless killing of innocents.

Those emotions, unfortunately, make it difficult if not impossible to engage in a practical, worthwhile and much-needed national discourse on the issue of gun violence.

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