A Fragility Fracture is a Pathologic Fracture that results from activities that would otherwise not cause harm, such as tripping on a garden path, falling from a standing height. A Pathologic Fracture is caused by a disease that weakens the bone.
Oakland is a city whose bones have been weakened by disease, a pathological and unstoppable gun violence. We suffer daily. This week, however, the city suffered a fragility fracture that will not easily heal. A lone gunman stormed into a classroom, shot and killed seven nursing students. They had little chance to escape; he ordered them to line up against a wall, and as they did, he shot them one by one, without explanation or remorse.
Then, he drove to the Safeway in Alameda, walked up to a store clerk and said I just shot some people. I need to be arrested.
Too many guns.
Frequently, while walking on the street, I hear gun shots, but now I no longer duck and cover. I just keep walking -- my body just registers direction and distance, and on I go, grateful if the exploding guns are blocks away, quickening my step if they feel closer .
And everyday, the world blooms. The rain falls. The sun shines.
And guns explode.
Why can't we get the guns off the street?
After the shooting, articles were printed declaring that California's gun laws may be the toughest in the nation (imagine that! [I can't]), but no law could have prevented this tragedy.
I can think of a law that might have prevented it -- Prohibit the sale of semi-automatics to anyone.
As a pacifist, I, of course, would like to see all guns outlawed. Sure, I have heard all the pro-gun arguments -- needed for protection, 'recreation', blah, blah, blah . . . I can argue fiercely against those claims yet understand why they are being made, but really can any sensible argument be made in favor of allowing citizens to carry semi-automatic weapons??
I think not.