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by Mark Paserwark
The rate of death by firearms in Sutherland Springs will now forever exceed that of Chicago.
Firearms, those who use them, and those who die by them cross the state and city lines of our country every hour of each day. Chicago or Sutherland Springs acting by themselves cannot assure their citizens the safety deserved by Americans.
The Good Man with a gun–sometimes there, most often not–is less needed when there are simply fewer guns. Many fine men, women and children died waiting for him while the Bad Man worked away on the Sabbath. The Good Man never showed up in the other places. I know many Good Men with guns and the professional training to use them. None claim they would have had a real chance sitting in a pew in Sutherland Springs. Probably a few of the dead worshipers knew their guns equally well. Wonder Women and Supermen are scarce. We can establish no policy that requires superheroic efforts.
Pinpointing the murderer’s motives and detailing his mental history hold importance for professional law enforcers but little for the public. In the large public view, history is and always will be filled with men holding grievances against in laws and needing of mental health services. All but a minuscule percentage are harmless to others. Not to say that the frothing maniac making meaningful and scary threats of serious harm should retain his arsenal. He should be gunless. A policy that heavily relies on identifying all the mean Bad Guys will impact only a little. New Bad Guys enter the population every day. You saw one today, and he saw you.
Likewise, blaming the failure of Air Force clerks is fruitless. Some clerk errs every day. Any person who deals in paper finds her efforts and those of others imperfect. Has everyone not omitted “not”? Not to say that we should be infinitely tolerant of bad paperwork, but any policy founded upon eradicating typos isn’t going too far.
Ultimately, those who say the Bad Guy with enough intelligence and determination can always get the gun have something to say. But they say too much. The thief who wants to steal always can. We don’t, however, make it easy for the dumb, undetermined thief; we lock our cars, outfit them with anti-theft devices, don’t leave our wallets on the table, and don’t carry too much cash. We restrict the sale of lock picks. Simply put, we make it as hard as we can to be a thief consistent with running an ordered society. We should make it as hard as we can to be a mass killer.Click here for reuse options!