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Before and After Route 91

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A year after she was shot in the face at the Las Vegas massacre, Natalie Grumet is still reconstructing her lifeRead full story

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  • This is a tricky post to write, because it risks sounding unsympathetic to someone who deserves nothing but our help and sympathy. But, if we really care about all the victims of gun violence in this country, it's worth thinking about this:

    Thanks to the awful randomness of mass shootings and the media's

    This is a tricky post to write, because it risks sounding unsympathetic to someone who deserves nothing but our help and sympathy. But, if we really care about all the victims of gun violence in this country, it's worth thinking about this:

    Thanks to the awful randomness of mass shootings and the media's love for anniversary stories, this sort of story is something of a staple in gun-violence journalism. Almost always, the victims are articulate, well educated, and quite often white and affluent. But, taken as a whole, those killed and wounded in rampage shootings in this country are tiny in numbers compared to the victims of everyday street violence. And this latter group almost invariably live in our poorest city neighborhoods, are people of color, and quite often lack adequate medical care as they live with the physical and emotional aftermath of a bullet wound.

    "Whataboutism" is a lazy social-media trick used to distract from a legitimate issue. I don't mean to fall into that trap. But, we still must ask, what about the typical gun-violence survivor? Why don't we learn more often about their experiences? The answers are wrapped in issues of race and class -- and about blaming victims whom we suspect were involved in bad things and deserved their plight -- that we should wrestle with when we think about how to make America safer. Because, no matter who's to blame for any particular shooting, it only fuels more violence to turn our backs on the wounded.

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