Last week, another deranged gunman killed dozens and injured dozens more in what was described as an "act of pure evil" by our President.
Yet again, so many lives were ruined or ended by someone taking a device specifically designed to kill other living beings with as much efficiency as possible and using that device to carry out its most logical goal.
Thoughts and prayers aren't going to stop this. Neither will the fable of a "good guy with a gun." Yes, someone else with a gun stopped the Texas shooter. But if over twenty people dead and over twenty other people injured constitutes a "success" under this model, that isn't going to work.
Perhaps we could look to other countries like Japan, Australia, England, France, Canada, etc. But, no, that would be crazy. This is America; we believe in capital-F Freedom.
Ensconced in our precious Constitution--the same document that labeled black people as only counting as 3/5 of a human being and said that only property-owning white men could vote--is the "right to keep and bear arms."
Except, here's the thing. The way we interpret the second amendment now--that it protects an individual's right to own a firearm? That's new. And, according to Warren Burger, the former Chief Justice appointed by Reagan, this interpretation is "A fraud on the American public."
The fact that we hold the right to keep and bear literal killing machines for decoration or hunting or "self-defense" or, most laughably, defense against possibility of tyranny above human beings' right to life would be hilarious if it were not so deadly.
We need gun control and we need it now. I don't want to keep waking up to news of yet another tragedy.