The great Katha Pollitt, over at The Nation, has this to say about the almost unapproachable topic of gun control:
The trouble is, as with so many aspects of conservatism—the anti-choice movement, the Tea Party, Ron Paul—“gun rights” supporters win on intensity and single-mindedness. We have common sense, but they have a master narrative: rugged individualism, patriotism and self-defense (which includes paranoid fantasies about threats from ordinary people in turbans whom they are too ignorant to realize are Sikhs, not Muslims…and obviously I’m not saying it would have been less horrific and more “understandable” if Page had attacked a mosque).
Oh, God. She’s right. There’s no reasoning going on here, just knee-jerk fear of the unknown. God help us.