As you may know, I’ve been thinking a lot about gun control over the past couple of years, and I just feel more and more frustrated and cornered.
They’re just not going anywhere.
There is no political will to do anything meaningful.
I’ve become more sympathetic to the rights argument. I disagree with the rulings, but the law of the land, as determined by Supreme Court rulings, is that everyone has a right to own a gun.
The only place that leaves us (unless you have a better idea) is a hope for safer guns. Non-lethal weapons (not tasers, which are considered too harmless and can get abused). But a gun that “stops” without killing.
Surely, this can exist. The once nearly mythological project called “Ginger” is now the fairly common segway.
In other aspects of society, we’re seeing moves away from violence. For example, many parents talk openly about not allowing their kids to play football for fear of concussions. The NFL itself has SLOWLY begun to acknowledge the problem. There is more emphasis on sports like soccer and lacrosse, which can get contentious but aren’t full contact.
I don’t know what a safer gun looks like, but I can imagine one, and I can also imagine social pressure to have them rather than lethal weapons.
We aren’t ignoring the gun problem. There are lots of citizen groups — but none to rival the NRA.
With the party out of power, we can’t expect bold steps on this (though I’d argue this is the very time to take them). So what do we do?