Do you get the feeling that nobody---I mean nobody---has the answers on how to deal with these recurrent mass murders, like yesterday's nightmarish one in Aurora, Colorado? Aurora, Colorado. A tranquill, pleasant, law-abiding suburb of Denver. James Holmes was just a man in the crowd. But like every other crazed killer, he had his own bizarre motives, his own trail of clues no one quite picked up, and his own personal stamp on the scene of a horrific grisly slaughter.
But Holmes and all the rest had one thing in common. They were easily able to get guns, firearms, assault weapons. There was no firewall against their lethal madness. Our system---if there is one--- failed miserably, as usual. And it will fail, sad to say, over and over again. Because we lack the will to, once and for all, do something about it.
We let the NRA (National Rifle Association)--- a powerful special interest and lobby--- spin the narrative and dictate the policy on gun ownership and availablity. We've heard its propaganda so often that we know it by heart. The Second Amendment is inviolable. Guns don't kill, people do. Gun control is government overreach Take the guns from Americans, and the bad guys will still get them anyway. Conceal carry should be a right. If the victims had had guns at the scenes of these monstrous crimes, there would have been different outcomes. The more guns, the safer we'd be.
We beat our breasts each time innocent people are gunned down en masse. We struggle to understand. And our only consolations are our faith and the solace of community. But nothing will change.
Until we want it to.