Another Day in the Death of America draws a grim picture of today’s America and is by far one of the most influential books on arms and shootings in the US.
Since January, more than 8000 people have been killed while more than 15,000 have been wounded during 32,000 shootings in the United States. If this trend continues, by the end of the year the total amount of deaths will surpass 10,000 – equal to the number who perished during the Yemen war.
But the UN is unlikely to step in. We are talking about the US, and this is not an effect of the collapse of law and order, but of its upholding. It is an effect of the constitution that grants the right to bear arms.
There are 89 guns per every 100 Americans. In Chicago there are more casualties each year then there are US marine casualties in Afghanistan. Chicago residents are so used to the sound of bullets that the dogs don’t even bark anymore. From the Facebook pagesit doesn’t look like the US. It looks like Mexico City, like Salvador. Dollars and rifles. As in the pictures of Tyshon Anderson –18 years old.
«His mother could relax only when he was in jail because only in jail was he safe.»
Today we read about Anderson’s death, but yesterday we might have been reading about the death of one of his victims. He made his living on burglary, on drug dealing, like so many others. He had already been shot twice before. His mother could relax only when he was in jail because only in jail was he safe. And yet he is remembered by his friends as if he were killed in combat, with honour. As if he died on the job, performing his duty.