Pro-gun mouthpieces couldn't even wait 24 hours after the unspeakable event to begin peddling a shabby version of "they got what they probably deserved." But the simple fact of the matter is that mass shootings aren't supposed to happen in churches or schools. These places are sanctuaries in every sense of the word.
Typically, pro-gun activists are coy when confronted about their perverted belief that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to shoot and kill government officials in response to perceived "tyranny." But last week, a threat that is so often implicit was made perfectly explicit by a leader in Texas' open-carry movement.
Called "constitutional carry," as opposed to "concealed carry," the loudest and most active proponents of this new credo can be found in the Lone Star State where this nutty idea sprang from a group of dissident NRA members. But to the NRA: You have only yourselves to blame. Whom exactly do you now represent?
For months, Moms have called on Kroger to make a safer and more family-friendly shopping environment by prohibiting the open carry of firearms in its stores, just as brands including Target, Starbucks, and Panera have done. Instead of meeting with us and reconsidering an irresponsible policy, Kroger's leadership has refused to listen.
Again, it seemed too silly to take seriously. Consider: The book tells the story of 13-year-old Brenna Strong, who spends a Saturday morning running errands with her mom, Bea ("Be Strong") and her dad, Richard ("Dick Strong"). Just like thee and me -- only Mr. and Mrs. Strong carry handguns for self-defense. Openly.