The Song Remains the Same
There was a shooting at UCSB today. Seven people were killed including the gunman. The gunmen left a video saying the killing was done over romantic rejection and he would know prove himself to be the alpha male now.
Let me repeat that six innocent people died because this guy was romantically rejected by a young woman.
Without doing any research I will make a prediction about how this conversation is going to unfold on the net over the next few days. For the sake of disclosure, I will say that I am ardently on the pro gun-control side and each rampage killing makes me more so. None the less this is how the conversation will go:
1. The gun control advocates will point out how absurdly loose and easy our gun-control regulations are extremely loose and it seems like any and every adult even those with potential or actual mental health issues can get a gun, and not even just a little handgun and go shooting. There will also be talk about the need for access to mental health experts.
2. Gun Rights advocates will tell us what is needed is fewer restrictions over guns and that if other people around were carrying guns, this would not have happened. Someone superman (or woman) sharp shooter would have taken out the gunman in his BMW with reflexes that are more likely to be found in a John Woo movie.
I further predict that this is going to happen again, and again, and again in my life time.
There has been a lot of talk about the Big Sort and whether Americans are becoming more and more politically polarized or not but perhaps it is time to introduce compromise back to the US political landscape. There are always going to be liberals. There are always going to be conservatives. There are always going to be libertarians. No side is ever going to achieve a kind of total victory where their real and perceived opponents signs a document of unconditional surrender and defeat. The Second Amendment exists and it will probably not be repealed in the immediate future and neither will the Heller or McDonald decisions. So there is a constitutional right to own weapons/guns even if liberals like me wish the Amendment was interpreted differently.
Do you know what is not in the Second Amendment though? Any mention of concealed carry, unconcealed carry, or when and where citizens can carry arms.
Can we have this has a compromise? People can own guns for protecting their homes and property. They can take them to the shooting range or use them for hunting. They cannot take them about in public with some Yippie-Kay-Yay Die Hard version of themselves or thinking we live in a world that is like Mad Max, Escape from New York, or any other post-apocalyptic fantasy. The United States is not an Anarchy filled with warlords and gangs on every block. Nor is the Zombie apocalypse going to happen. Al Qaeda and Hamas are not going to storm the Des Moines shopping mall anytime soon.
Or are we just going to continue bashing horns forever while dreaming fantasies of total defeat for our ideological opponents?