I’m not sure I can say anything about the latest mass killing referenced by Paul below that I haven’t said before. So instead I will take the blogger’s prerogative to reiterate:
- The idea that there’s something wrong with “politicizing” incidences of gun violence is idiotic. First, firearm political violence is inherently stupid. And, second, so what? “The violence at the Edumund Pettis Bridge is the wrong time to politicize voting rights” is something you say only if you oppose voting rights; it’s not actually a principle with any defensible content.
- While the Second Amendment as recently interpreted by the Supreme Court is a powerful symbol of the difficulty of passing gun control, it’s far from the most important reason that the United States does not have meaningful gun control. It’s not as if the two centuries prior to Heller saw robust federal gun control measures either — if Heller was overruled tomorrow we’d be no closer to good gun control legislation.