Two stories by Reuters are worthy of notice today:

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Eleven people including the suspected gunman and his mother were killed in a shooting spree and car chase in southern Alabama on Tuesday, authorities and local media said.

WINNENDEN, Germany (Reuters) – A 17-year old gunman went on a shooting spree at his former school in southwest Germany on Wednesday, killing up to 15 people before dying himself in a shootout with police, authorities said.

Sad, horrifying stories that should never have to be written, but what makes them interesting lies near the bottom of the respective articles,

First, from the Alabama shooting spree story:

Guns are widely available for purchase in the United States, a country that prides itself on the right to own weapons for self defense and hunting.

Next, from the German shooting spree story:

Germany has strict weapons laws, with gunholders having to fulfill certain criteria on age and weapons expertise to obtain a license for firearms.

The argument about gun control is brought under the stark light of reality here…gun control does not control gun violence.

But guns control the perpetrators of gun violence.

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