When good people encounter evil, whether as a manifestation of nature or human nature, they feel frustrated. It would be worse if they didn’t and took matters in their stride. It would be very unattractive if people just shrugged and said: “Well, isn’t it too bad, toddlers and teachers mowed down by some lurking lunatic! But hell, there’s nothing we can do, so what about dinner?”
Even though doing nothing is preferable to doing the wrong thing, to do nothing after a mass murder of six-year-olds would seem unbearably callous. And that’s how it happens, in order to seem caring rather than callous to ourselves, that we end up doing the wrong thing.
The wrong thing will be, unless wiser counsel intervenes, new measures of state control over firearm ownership, possibly extending to monitoring the psychiatric status of individuals or their relationships. Guns may become the state’s passkeys to the…
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