Yet another mass-murder tragedy, this time in a South Carolina church, reminds us that the United States is No. 1.
We lead developed nations of the world in both the number of guns per capita and deaths by guns. And while it would seem that to reduce deaths by guns we should reduce the number of guns by, for example, background checks, the well-financed gun lobby continues to be successful in intimidating legislators and fending off attempts to regulate gun possession.
If only our national legislators would truly reflect public opinion, we could curb the proliferation of guns and gun-related deaths.
Dare we hope that this most recent tragedy will spur them to action? If not, we should not be surprised that gun violence and tragedy continue to distinguish American culture and we remain No. 1.