This is a blog post from a former Oakland teacher reflecting on the Newtown massacre and advocating for a different kind of gun control than that commonly echoed in the mainstream media.
The original post came from http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.com/2012/12/commentary-on-mass-killings-in-newton.html. The blog is called Facts For Working People.
Commentary on “The mass killings in Newtown”
by Jack Gerson
Some of you may have already read the piercing comment that Gary (one of this blog’s [that is, Facts for Working People, not this blog, ClassRoom Struggle] regular readers) wrote in response to Richard Mellor’s “The mass killings in Newtown, Conn. have deep social roots”. Gary’s comment really resonated with me. Here’s Gary’s comment in full, followed by a bit more from me:
I would like to add to some of your fine posts here. I grew up 5 minutes down the road from Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT. My home town, where my parents still live is Monroe, CT. The next town over.
Unfortunately, the national media and political figures do not speak much about the violence that occurs in Bridgeport and I hate to say such a thing but I live here and I know that people in the surrounding suburbs accept the violence there as “normal”…nothing can be done.
The multinational corporations in the area have long since abandoned the average worker in Bridgeport. General Electric being just one of an incredibly long list of such companies to leave the residents there in very desperate poverty.