You remember that serious conversation we were going to have about guns? Here's how serious it has turned out to be.
Recently, President Obama described himself in an interview with
It was a meaningless exchange, except insofar as it suggests the
Not that that was the most unserious moment in this supposedly serious conversation. No, that came last week when
It gets better. Meaning that it gets worse.
Trotter and LaPierre's scenarios have one thing in common: their absolute farfetchedness. Tyranny is not imminent. And Trotter has apparently had too many viewings of
Unfortunately, the lunacy of such fears is lost on the most rabid gun advocates, for whom the Second Amendment is absolute. Mind you, the First Amendment is bounded by restrictions, the Fourth has been eviscerated by the courts, but somehow, the Second is supposed to be this inviolate thing that must not be restricted in the least, even though "the right to keep and bear arms" was guaranteed in an era of muskets.
If we cannot restrict civilian ownership of military-grade weapons -- the most controversial of the gun control policies advocated by the
Surely a "scary Predator drone" would rout Trotter's imaginary bad guys even faster than a "scary gun." Not to give her any ideas. No, the point is, there is something wrong with a debate that requires us to treat the fantastical as if it were likely. But the only thing that is "likely" here is continued tragedy.
This "serious conversation," remember, got started on
In Albuquerque on
And in that same city, six days later,
Too many deranged or criminal people have access to too much firepower and we are paying the price in carnage and blood. This is the ordinary everyday of American life -- and death. That's what we should be talking about. Not LaPierre's doomsday scenarios or Trotter's old movie plots.
They ask us to consider what could happen. Better we consider what does.
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