The Answer is the Problem
I am no stranger to guns. I’ve been around them for most of my life – I remember a family friend instructing me in handgun use when I was about 8. Now, between Marc and I, we own 19 firearms. We use them for reenacting and for sport shooting.
I don’t have a problem with guns, but I also don’t have a problem with the idea of increased gun regulation.
I also, unfortunately, am not sure that as a country we’re at a point where most regulation would have much meaningful effect. Because the shootings that happen in America are a cultural problem now.
You see, we’ve decided that it’s more okay for people to shoot college kids than it is to ask people to wait a few days for a gun. We’ve decided that it’s more okay for people to shoot elementary school kids than it is to have mandatory background checks. We’ve decided that it’s more okay for people to shoot churchgoers than it is to address the fact that in America, a gun is now the answer to the feeling that someone has wronged you.
That last one is the most important one. No amount of regulation is going to take care of our mass shooting problem until we address the fact that culturally, violence (especially gun violence) has become how this country expresses anger, the answer to any perceived grievance.
And the worst part is, we’ve become so numb to these shootings not just because of their frequency, but also because we all know that nothing meaningful will be done about it. This is what has become of our own response.