gun violence

Dr. Tanya L. Zakrison, who moved to Miami so she could get enough violent trauma cases for her training, reflects on the culture of violence she has faced at Jackson’s Ryder Trauma Center.

Orlando Sentinel capital bureau reporter Aaron Deslatte writes that the CDC and others have been blocked from researching ways to curtail mass killings because of the power of the gun lobby. He said that needs to stop.

One of the first things the nation learned about the odd young man who allegedly shot 20 first-graders, seven adults and himself last Friday is that he had been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism.

Since then, some may have assumed that Adam Lanza’s violent killing spree was somehow linked to his having a form of autism.

Don’t expect Friday’s massacre of first graders to nudge Florida in the direction of gun control, not even on assault weapons.  Washington is one thing. Tallahassee is something else.

Rep. Dennis Baxley, who chairs the state House Judiciary Committee, says the problem in schools is that there are not enough guns.

“In our very admirable zealous desire to make people safe, we created these gun-free zones, and we have inadvertently made them a target for this kind of activity,” said Baxley, R-Ocala.