We must be up over 200 mass shootings this year, and we’re still in May. Have there been anything approaching this number in the rest of the countries on earth combined? Don’t tell me we have an obvious problem that can’t be addressed by legislators with a backbone. Second Amendment adherents need to take a step back, then take a closer look, and bite the bullet. So to speak.
We’ve proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that we can’t handle a firearms free-for-all. In a perfect world, we’d have a handle on mental illness and who might be susceptible to acting out in mind-numbingly violent ways, but this isn’t a perfect world. Folks need to be satisfied with the arsenals they already have, and we need a crackdown on assault weapons availability. I know this wouldn’t address the proliferation of handguns and the rest of accessible weaponry, but we have to start somewhere.
Everybody is a tough guy with a gun in their hand. What happens if we do the hard work of addressing underlying causes that have people feeling like there’s no other way to behave? Is there still time, or the will, to do that?