George Skelton

Everyday gun violence is a national tragedy. Flags should always be kept at half staff

Everyday gun violence is a national tragedy. Flags should always be kept at half staff

To the editor: Each premature death by gunshot is a major loss. The cost is actually incalculable. The massacre in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5 was a tragedy pure and simple. (“‘When will this end?’ When Congress has the courage to stand up to the gun lobby,” Nov. 9)

But when I saw the American flag at half-staff recently, I wondered why it isn’t there constantly when more than 90 people lose their lives to gun violence every day in America. Are those people not a huge loss also? Or do you have to be gunned down in a...

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