Some days it’s hard to write, especially when I feel that I have nothing to say.
Today is not one of those days, but it’s still hard to write, largely because I’ve already said what I want to say about the wild lunacy of a philosophy that seems to believe the more guns we have, the safer we are.
Responses I’ve received to past columns on gun control, posted after the Sandy Hook massacre of children or North Carolina’s new law that calls for law enforcement to put seized weapons back on the market rather than destroying them, have become predictable.
Either I’m preaching to the choir, which agrees with me that the easy accessibility of guns is a dangerous thing, or I’m preaching to hecklers, who are convinced that gun control is for sissies and that a man’s best friend is his pistol.
So, here it is. In the aftermath of the senseless shootings at Washington’s Navy Yard by a man armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun, and a pistol (according to early reports) — those who think such acts are all the evidence we need to demand saner gun laws don’t need any further comment. The answer is as obvious as the blood on the victims’ faces.
For those who think it’s an argument for more people to own and carry weapons, their opinion is as firm as a tempered steel gun barrel.
If there’s anything I could say that would make a difference, I would say it, but at the moment, I’m at a loss for anything helpful to add.
Other than that gun violence is something we really should think about.
And do something about.
Before chaos reigns.