I’m in London, England at an academic conference this week so my posts will be sporadic until next Monday.
I was going to post a short piece today about London’s transportation system—I was able to take the Tube from Heathrow Airport to a station right across from my hotel for 3.80 pounds or $5 or so yesterday—and accompany the post with some photographs, but then I started reading about the tragedy in Orlando, Fla.
As you know, a gunman killed at least 50 people at a LGBT nightclub, the Pulse Club, in Orlando early Sunday morning. Here’s The Guardian story on the tragedy. I won’t rehash it, and, as usual in any mass shooting in the United States, the motive and other details are emerging as politicians weigh in and everyone makes points or tries to make points.
So here’s mine:
I’m sitting here writing this in London, which is in a country that has dramatically lower gun violence rates than the U.S. Those lower rates are mainly because of gun control laws. So I know one thing for sure about this mass shooting and so many others in the U.S. We must address the high rate of gun violence, and we must do so by implementing stricter gun control regulations, especially on assault weapons.