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April 29th, 2009
12:28 PM ET

Gun violence is more serious plague than swine flu crisis

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/americas/03/24/us.mexico.relations/art.mexico.juarez.afp.gi.jpg caption="A federal police officer guards a checkpoint earlier this month in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico."]

Cynthia Tucker
The Atlanta Journal Constitution

The deadly contagion is spreading, striking down young and old, well-heeled and downtrodden, sophisticates and illiterates. Last year alone, the affliction killed thousands in Mexico and even more in the United States.

Not swine flu. Gun violence. While federal and state authorities are preoccupied with preventing a swine flu pandemic from overwhelming the United States, the epidemic of gun violence rages on, unabated and little noted.

Last Saturday, George Zinkhan III, a well-respected University of Georgia professor, took two handguns to a community theater and killed his wife, Marie Bruce, and two of her theater colleagues while wounding two others, police said. Zinkhan left his 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son in his car while he went on his bloody rampage, according to authorities. Then, he dropped the children off at a neighbor’s house — he explained he had an emergency — and fled, police said.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Too many people owning guns and clinging to their constitutional amendment rights over the right to bear arms to see much change here. That amendment was written in a time when people had to have guns to fight off Indian attacks, hunt for food, etc. Times have changed – guns can still be sold but we need to put a great many limitations on semi-automatic guns, etc.

    April 29, 2009 at 8:45 pm |