As happens every time there’s a mass shooting – a tragedy of increasing frequency, it seems – gun dealers nationwide reported a spike in sales in the days following the terrible slaughter this month in Connecticut.
People wait in line to enter a gun show in Marietta, Ga. on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. As gun control talks heat up in Washington, more than 1,000 people lined up Saturday morning outside the exhibit hall at Jim Miller Park in Cobb County for the Eastman Gun Show. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)
The experts tell us there are already about 250 million guns in the United States. I wonder how many more we’ll need to feel safe.
I don’t feel any safer, really, despite the 12-gauge I keep safely accessible at home. But I do feel just a bit ashamed as a gun owner who, each time another shooting makes headlines, shrugs helplessly, given the inefficacy of gun laws, the intransigence of the gun lobby and everyone’s inability to make sense of the contradictory statistics of gun control.
But all that crap about the victims of gun violence being the necessary collateral damage of our Second Amendment rights just doesn’t seem like enough this time. Twenty-six dead, 20 of them little children, in the middle of the holiday season in the middle of an elementary school in the middle of the supposedly most civilized nation on earth. The victims of our historic love affair with guns and violence.