A young man was shot by a neighbour in Florida for walking home from the shops.
Dramatic police intervention in NZ on the basis of anti-terror legislation has quietly shed weight over a few years until four people are charged for possession of certain firearms.
In one case, a gun has brought about the worst possible outcome: cold blooded murder for the crime of being black. In another case, guns provide a faint pathetic last-word whimper of a violent yet flaccid state.
In both cases, it's really about race.