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Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Where's outrage for all shootings?

In the wake of the Connecticut shootings, everyone from the president to media pundits have weighed in and opined as to why this happened and how it can be prevented. In the coming weeks as we all reflect, think about the hundreds of others who die from gun violence every week in this country. According to the L.A. Times Homicide blog, between Dec. 1 and Dec 9, 12 people in L.A. County were murdered, 10 of those via firearm. These individuals all have families who are grieving just the same as those in Connecticut.
Approximately 30 people are murdered across this country every day so why are we only outraged when it happens in one location? It shows how naive society is to violence, how it takes death literally being shoved in our face from a small Connecticut suburb or a theater in Colorado for us to care. Ironically, it shows we really don't care, if we did, we would be outraged every day from those killed by firearms. Take a moment of silence today for those twelve in L.A. County and the countless others that society fails to care about because they didn't occur as part of a mass shooting.
Henry Church
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