We are addicted to guns.
Now this horror in Las Vegas.
Other developed countries have more sensible laws. “The United States’ gun homicide rate is 25 times higher than other high-income countries” -- The Guardian: So, America, this is how other countries do gun control.
It’s not only the laws, it’s the culture. In what country, other than the U.S. would you see a politician brandishing a gun, like Alabama’s Roy Moore proudly did, and then get endorsed by its leader?
After the terrorist attacks in Paris Trump said that it "would've been a much different situation if the city had looser gun laws” meaning if everyone had a gun the shooter might have been taken down earlier. Makes a lot of sense, arm everyone and that will lead to less shooting.
I wonder how Roy Moore’s cap gun would have stood up in the Las Vegas shooting, or anyone’s hand gun for that matter pitted against someone with a military grade automatic weapon firing from far away, and way above.
After Representative Steve Scalise was shot last year when a gunman targeted a congressional baseball practice I wrote the following about gun control: unless we all pull together the subsequent dialogue can go two divergent ways. One could lead us down the path of greater authoritarianism and the call for arming more citizens (although a greater police presence is going to be necessary when many of our Representatives are in public venues). The other path could call for the long-needed ban of military grade weapons. Are we all supposed to be armed with AR-15s on our baseball fields? I’m no Pollyanna and know that such a ban would have little impact on what happens in the near future. I’m thinking long term. This is not about challenging the 2nd Amendment, and it is not about Republican vs. Democrat. It’s about common sense banning military weapons, doing comprehensive background checks, expanding our treatment of mental illness, and developing better early warning signs of mentally disturbed people from social networks and prior arrests.
Senseless to repeat everything I’ve written about this self-inflicted plague, our love of guns. It starts with more sensible laws, better education, and a change in our thinking that having a gun somehow symbolizes freedom and machismo.
The key word index to this blog says it’s 19th time I’ve written about the topic. With each outrage I feel the urge to say my piece. This particular entry after the Orlando shooting summarized some of them.
Perhaps we will finally have the wisdom to approach this problem sensibly as have other developed nations. What politician has the courage and is willing to lead? Although he's taken contributions from the NRA, I nominate John McCain for the role. It is time to stand up for what is right. He's respected on both aisles, and an about-face would be a fitting legacy. "Our nation turns its lonely eyes to you."