There have been 13 people found dead in Baltimore City since July 20, 2012, the date a gunman killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. That is according to the Baltimore Sun data base reports.
I realize that striking down 12 people in one bloody incident is newsworthy and cause for national concern, but what about the slow, steady bleeding of people in our major U. S. cities, including Baltimore? Where is the outrage?
There are several differences between the "Batman" shooting and the murders in Baltimore City.
The first difference is, of course, the alleged gunman in the Colorado shooting shot the place up with legally obtained guns. Most, if not all, of the murders in Baltimore City committed since July 20, were mostly likely done with illegal handguns.
The other major difference is that John Holmes, the man arrested for the Colorado mass-murder, was white, as were most, if not all, of his victims. Most, if not all, of the murder victims in Baltimore City are black, as are most, if not all, of the murderers.
I believe the latter difference is probably why our nation is not so much concerned about the killings in our cities.
It is my opinion that we must strengthen our gun possession laws in this country. That means limits on how many and what types of fire arms Americans can legally purchase.
And we must start prosecuting illegal handgun violations to the fullest extent of the law. We need prosecutors who will charge the criminals with violations of the law and judges who will sentence those convicted without any plea bargains or other deals that may lessen any time in jail.
If we continue down the same path we are on, we will most surely see events like what happened in Colorado from time to time and we will most certainly keep seeing the dead pile up in Baltimore and other cites on a daily basis.
Note: As I type this, seven people have been killed in a Sikh Temple shooting, according to the Oak Creek Patch.