In light of the tragic suicide at Bend High last week, there's been little discussion about the weapon the student used to shoot himself during class in a modular building.
Perhaps, with nearly 300 million guns in private hands in America, no one gives it a second thought.
Handguns are as ubiquitous as backpacks used by students to carry their stuff to and from school.
Does it matter whose gun it was? Did his parents own it? Was it a gift to the student? Did it belong to a friend? Was it stolen?
I guess none of this matters in a culture where guns are worshiped almost as much as money.
Since guns are so easily bought and sold in private sales, there is no oversight of the transaction.
Another gun-control bill requiring universal background checks will be defeated once again in Salem.
But, consider these sobering statistics:
In 2010, nearly 20,000 people in America killed themselves with a firearm, which is nearly double the number of homicides by firearm.
With this many violent deaths each year, you would think it would be considered a national health hazard.
Not so in America.
In fact, the roughly 30,000 deaths annually from firearms are considered the price of freedom, according to the NRA and gun fetishists.
The mainstream media doesn't want to champion the fight against this national health crisis because gun violence, much as Hollywood has learned, draws ratings and readers.
In other developed countries like Australia, the rate of suicide by firearm plummeted after the country passed strict gun control measures following a massacre in Tasmania in 1996.
That same year in America, Congress banned the Centers for Disease Control from funding any research to "advocate or promote gun control."
From an article in Slate:
"That’s not a ban on gun research, technically, but after Congress extended the wording and expanded the ban to other agencies, it had enough of a chilling effect to reduce CDC funding for gun violence research from $2.5 million per year in the early 1990s to just $100,000 in recent years."
Now, stricter gun laws in this country might not have prevented the suicide at Bend High that was witnessed by some students, but it could have.
But, that's not something of much concern to gun-toting Americans.
Central Oregon was lucky, this time, in that only one person died. It may not be so lucky in the future.