Sandy Hook Massacre....How the world sees us

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    The Connecticut school massacre: How the world sees us - The Week

    Canada's The Globe and Mail:

    There is something inexorable about the phenomenon of mass shootings in the United States. We have been forced to write about it with tragic regularity for years. We have exhausted adjectives to describe our horror and revulsion. We have stated and restated the problem…
    The time for platitudes is past, Mr. President. It’s time the U.S. cured its gun sickness.
     
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    Britain's The Guardian:

    The final difference is in many ways the most destructive of all. This is America's sheer difficulty in conducting any kind of rational collective conversation about gun control. In any other country, a shooting spree of the sort that took place in Newtown would set off a serious public debate. That's what happened after Dunblane in the U.K., after Port Arthur in Australia, and after [Anders] Breivik's killings in Norway. Nothing like this is now possible in the polarized gun culture of America, where law and politics have been unable to respond to such events for at least 20 years
     
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    Germany's Die Tageszeitung:

    Beyond the individual state of the killer, the U.S. has a national pathology. The legality of gun ownership is a matter of course in the U.S., more so than anywhere else in the world. In 2012, some 270 million firearms were in private ownership. Every year, (thousands of) people are killed with them. In most states it's easier to get a firearm than a driver's license.
    This madness can only — if at all — be stopped in moments like this one. Against the tragic backdrop of 20 murdered children. And of a president like Barack Obama who has just won an election. The right wing has been pushed back a little, the public is appalled by the massacre.
     
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    Germany's Süddeutsche Zeitung:

    President Obama's "never again" are little more than plaintive words. He's trying to provide comfort, but he certainly isn't promising any improvement. During Obama's first term, more than 40,000 of his compatriots died in a hail of bullets. One out of 10 of these victims was under the age of 18. He never even had the courage to at least come up with stronger laws to take some of the deadliest weapons out of the hands of civilians. Viewed in political terms, that is at least equivalent to the crime of failing to assist a person in danger. Obama points to the constitutionally protected right for US citizens to possess weapons. In reality, however, he is wary of a battle with the Republicans and the gun lobby. Their opposition to almost any kind of gun control borders on political complicity in murder and manslaughter...
     
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    I really don't give a flying fuck how the world sees us... look a the shithole that is the rest of the planet.

    Fuck them. I don't live my life seeking the approval of others.. you should try it.
     
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    So, the press in the rest of the world is loaded down with knee-jerk lolberals too.

    Like that's any revelation?
     
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    Tzipi Shmilovitz at Israel's Yedioth Ahronoth:

    America is not ready to talk about how it is easier to get a handgun than it is to see a doctor, not ready to speak about the video games that have extreme violence. It is just willing to sweep up everything under the carpet of tears.
     
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    There was once a time of American exceptionalism

    Now, the rest of the world does not think so
     
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    How does Tibet see us?

    How does Cuba see us? Venezuela?
     
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