It’s not like any of the proposals supposedly “on the table” after Parkland (changing age limits, banning bump-stocks, etc.) would actually have addressed the broader carnage of gun violence in the US. Nor will the “conscientious” responses of the likes of Dick’s Sporting Goods, et al, or the distancing of corporations from the NRA.
The guns are out there in the hundreds of millions. They change hands frequently–legally and illegally. Inevitably, they get fired–deliberately or accidentally. Homicides, suicides, fratricides, patricides. Stand your ground like the heroes and anti-heroes in the movies, then claim you feared for your life. Harden our schools, harden our public spaces, harden our borders, harden our hearts. Love your children–they are our future–but be willing to have their teachers blow away the bad ones because, after all, teachers will be able to do what psychiatrists cannot: predict who will commit mass murder.
Oh, wait! I’m just a law-abiding gun enthusiast. I’m just a hunter. I’m a good guy with a gun. The good guys will win when all the good guys are packin’ and alert, twenty-four-seven. The good guys will “run in” to save the day, even if they don’t have a gun. You! Millions of good guys with millions of guns! You know who you are! We’re counting on you! Why aren’t you winning already???
Okay, sorry for the lame, stream of consciousness rant but, please! Dear America: It’s the guns, stupid. And that’s one horse long gone from the barn.