The latest shooting in Colorado, 14 dead, dozens wounded, elicits the usual media wailing with many uses of the word, “tragedy.” Hamlet is a tragedy. Oedipus Rex is a tragedy. But one more deranged killer running amok with deadly weapons is a crime to add to the grisly rap sheet of the NRA, and every politico who grovels before it.
A few dozen mass murders ago, public pressure often turned against lack of gun control, the real source of the problem, weapons available to any lunatic, insanely pushed by the NRA and its pathological fight against common sense. The NRA fought back--“guns don’t kill people, people kill people”—counting on the fact that after enough shooting sprees, hundreds killed, it would become the new normal and people would learn to suck it up. Nothing to be done. That’s life.
One day some crazed person driven mad by the loss of a loved one in another “tragic” shooting, will buy up an arsenal, don a suicide vest, sneak into NRA headquarters, shoot everyone on sight and blow the rest up. That’s life.