Too late for the gun symposium…
… but perhaps worth noting anyway. Authorities say two young men got into a fight at a community college in Texas. Unfortunately, each was carrying a gun. In their attempt to solve their own escalating dispute they eventually shot not only one another but at least one bystander as well.
Last summer I noted that this new current conservative meme – the meme that postulates that massacres would end if we armed as many people as possible – would have unintended consequences. In particular, I noted that indiscriminately arming millions of young (and presumably not yet mature) men was something that an actuary would say was trading an almost unheard of risk (very, very faulty brain wiring) for significantly more common ones (hormones, alcohol, libido, alpha-male/territorial issues, or some combination of any of these). The incident in Texas was the type of thing I was referring to with that post.
There’s a difference between the argument that everyone should have the right to bear arms, and the argument that anyone and everyone should be encouraged to be carrying deadly firearms at the ready at all times. One recognizes the importance of certain liberties; the other is a fairy tale for people who like to look at a complex world and see only black and white hats.