The problem with their thinking is that they do not continue to ponder the question, and accept their own emotional response to gun violence: Get Rid Of The Guns!
But what I absolutely do not understand is why their gleeful embrace of prohibition carefully ignores America’s rather unimpressive attempts at controlling or prohibiting the possession of other things, namely illicit drugs and alcohol. In fact, the Venn Diagram of those who support draconian gun control measures and those who support relaxation or outright legalization of marijuana would be interesting indeed. The same people who believe that just one more law will fix gun violence are throwing up their hands and declaring the end of the drug wars, because clearly we cannot prevent people from using marijuana. And our national experiment with alcohol prohibition was not a resounding success.
And neither drugs nor alcohol are protected by that pesky little thing called the Bill Of Rights, not to mention Natural Law. Perhaps the Liberal conceit of the perfectibility of Man — that with sufficient control our base impulses, including war and other violences we perpetrate on each other would be a thing of the past. And hunger would disappear, and all would live in beautiful homes, and all of our kids would be above average!
Sounds great, but I will be betting on the evil that we have demonstrated throughout our history to win for a few more years. That’s why gun-free zones and unarmed guards and pie-in-the-sky laws that do nothing other than prevent good people from exercising their right to self defense are ignorant and simplistic and embarrassing.
Had some of those students in Roseburg Oregon been armed, I have no doubt that the death toll would have been lower. Would some have been injured or killed? Probably, but fighting rather than cowering is an American tradition, and one that we should return to the forefront of our national consciousness.