It’s like living in rerun hell. The fact that there will regularly be a massive shooting by a deranged person with unlimited access to automatic weapons is now a given. Also a given, the reaction by politicians and gun rights and gun control advocates alike. In fact, the three groups seem to have agreed upon a specific script, which plays out something like this.
Scene A modern, loving caring American community devastated by gun violence.
The Players The Usual Suspects
Everyone: Oh this is horrible, how terrible, we must do something. This must never happen again.
Gun Control Advocates: It’s the President’s fault, he needs to do something. Why doesn’t he do something. We don’t blame the ‘unlimited guns for everyone’ crowd who block any type of regulation of fire arms. It’s the fault of those who want regulation, because they didn’t do anything.
Congress: Let’s let a few members introduce legislation, when things die down we will kill it.
NRA and its Allies: Gun control never solved this problem. We will defeat any legislator who tries to ban our Constitutionally right to own bazookas, tanks, or cruise missles.
Crazies: Let’s arm every school teacher and principal. They can shoot it out with the assassins who invade the school.
Work Arounders: Maybe we can just control ammunition, limit the number of bullets, sure that will fix things.
The Victims: (quiet, they can’t say anything)
The Final Act
The curtain falls as soon as a new story takes it place, like Lindsey Lohan being arrested. The script is then put back into the files, to be dusted off and used again and again.