Gun violence is an unfortunate and irrefutable part of American culture.
An American my age can almost mark years of their life by instances of extreme violence committed by armed nutcases, from Waco, to Columbine High School, to the DC Sniper, to Virginia Tech, to Tucson, to last month in Aurora, Colorado, and the shootings just yesterday at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin.
And of course, gun violence has taken its toll on Seattle, my former home, with the shootings at Café Racer in May.
I say my former home because, after growing up in the Northwest and living in Seattle for over 10 years, my partner and I immigrated to New Zealand two years ago.
And we are currently going through the process of legally obtaining firearms in New Zealand.