Leonard Pitts Jr.
"Everybody got a pistol. This must really please the NRA" -- from "Gun" by
So maybe the NRA is about to get its wish.
Here we are, a little over three weeks after the massacre at an elementary school in
But here's the thing. If this is truly a good idea -- "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said NRA CEO
Four firefighters in upstate
Two customers were killed two days before Christmas when armed men opened fire with semiautomatic handguns inside a grocery store in
Two people were killed and one injured on
Two people were killed and two others injured
One man was killed and five others wounded in a shooting at a
One man was killed, a pregnant woman and her unborn child wounded, in a
That list, by the way, represents only a random sampling of recent shootings, most so run of the mill, so plain vanilla ordinary, they didn't even make news outside their local areas, which should give you an idea how common gunfire in this country is. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, nearly 98,000 of us are shot each year, a figure that includes law enforcement activity. That's nearly 268 a day, 11 every hour.
By the reasoning of the NRA, you do not address that sad state of affairs by crafting laws that strive to balance the rights of responsible gun owners with the need to block the irresponsible, the dangerous, the criminal minded, the unhinged, from access to these WMDs. No, by the NRA's reasoning, the solution to too many guns is more guns still.
The organization frames this as a defense of freedom. To which the best rejoinder is provided by
It is a trenchant observation. Just the other day, two seventh-graders in
Quackenbush reportedly feared someone might shoot up the place -- as happened in
And one wonders how much more of this "freedom" we can take.
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