Thursday December 12, 2013
Life and Death of the Gunby Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
Guns kill the equivalent of about ten 9/11s every year. Where are their monuments and Freedom Towers?
(CALGARY, Alberta) - Every morning, 312 million Americans get up and begin what they expect to be a normal day. Every day an average of 80 of those end up on a slab in a morgue from gunshots--your friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow Americans.
If you figure the numbers, that’s more than 29,000/year or the equivalent of about ten 911s every year—almost one a month. What’s amazing about this is that the American people apparently don’t see a problem and just collectively shrug their shoulders.
Here are a few cases from recent days, obviously a drop in the bucket. During the same period, another 2,500 or other Americans—young and old, men and women lost their lives. Does the NRA care? Do ordinary Americans care? In the first case, no; in the second case, apparently not.
In the Empire State Building shooting, what would the death/wounded toll be if some of the people on the street had been carrying? In that case you had police officers, trained to use guns. Ordinary civilians who had all the gun range practice and training would have just made things worse.
Consider the Aurora shooting, or the situation where Gabriel Giffords and others were shot. There is no case to be made, despite all the NRA fantasies, for ordinary people to be walking around with guns, concealed or otherwise. No other advanced nation allows that and gun violence and deaths above are only a tiny fraction of what occurs every day in the United States.
Here in Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in mid-October, about a month before the U.S. What I give thanks for every year is that I am not an American, free to be unexpectedly shot to death, intentionally or accidentally. If I end up on a morgue slab it will be because of something as mundane as a heart attack or a car accident.
Gabrielle Giffords--Lucky to be alive--as about 80 of her fellow Americans were not that day
___________________________________Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Daniel Johnson as a teenager aspired to be a writer. Always a voracious reader, he reads more books in a month than many people read in a lifetime. He also reads 100+ online articles per week. He knew early that in order to be a writer, you have to be a reader.
He has always been concerned about fairness in the world and the plight of the underprivileged/underdog.
As a professional writer he sold his first paid article in 1974 and, while employed at other jobs, started selling a few pieces in assorted places.
Over the next 15 years, Daniel eked out a living as a writer doing, among other things, national writing and both radio and TV broadcasting for the CBC, Maclean’s (the national newsmagazine) and a wide variety of smaller publications. Interweaved throughout this period was soul-killing corporate and public relations writing.
It was through the 1960s and 1970s that he got his university experience. In his first year at the University of Calgary, he majored in psychology/mathematics; in his second year he switched to physics/mathematics. He then learned of an independent study program at the University of Lethbridge where he attended the next two years, studying philosophy and economics. In the end he attended university over nine years (four full time) but never qualified for a degree because he didn't have the right number of courses in any particular field.
In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary)
Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2012, has published more than 210 stories.
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