After another school massacre, what’s next?


Dear Rebecca:

Politics is the art of the possible. But after another school massacre, what’s possible?

Nothing, I fear.

The people who defend gun rights really believe not just in their own rights, but in an armed culture. Moreover, they’re motivated and act politically on that belief.

The people who believe there are “common sense” gun restrictions that should be possible — “common sense” being a variable  term, but ranging up to the idea that guns developed for military (mass slaughter) use shouldn’t be left in the hands of civilians — have proven less capable, politically.

The gun argument today is what it was yesterday is what it will be tomorrow. And if you don’t like that, I don’t know what to tell you. But a solution to our ever-accumulating pile of massacres is not coming from  Congress.


Author: joeldermole

Joel Mathis is a freelance writer who lives in Lawrence, Kansas with his wife and son. He spent nine years as a syndicated columnist, co-writing the RedBlueAmerica column as the liberal half of a point-counterpoint duo. His honors include awards for best online commentary from the Online News Association and (twice) from the City and Regional Magazine Association.

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