Closer to home (my home), a couple junior high students could be expelled for having brought to school a handful of bullets. Would bullets explode when thrown against pavement? Other students reported it before the experiment could be carried out.
- That LA cop? He’s using, apparently, firearms provided to him as part of his job.
- That sniper in Texas? He took an Iraqi vet, a PTSD victim, to a legal firing range, thinking a chance to fire a gun might help him stabilize.
- The kids around the corner from me? Bullets were in their house; they simply made off with a handful for their experiment.
None of these incidents, and there are thousands more, would have been prevented by the kinds of action anti-gun activists suggest. They were/are the result of human anger, human ignorance, human instability; against those — to quote Schiller — the gods themselves contend in vain.
In other words, there is a kernel of profound truth in the pro-gun argument: guns don’t kill people, people kill people.
Before you consign me to the trash heap, or write an indignant comment, note that I said “a kernel” of truth. If we insist that the only problem is guns themselves, we make it too easy for extremists on our right to dismiss our fears.
My point is this. There is no law we can pass, no constitutional amendment enact, no agency establish, which will eliminate all dangers inherent in gunpowder and other explosives.
So, in addition to establishing meaningful registration and regulation of firearms, we need to take better care of people. Our friends, our family, our neighbors, among whom, somewhere, a catastrophe is waiting to happen unless we pay attention.