Nearly half of all Americans -- 47 percent -- now own firearms. And the killer who gunned down moviegoers in Denver obtained all his weapons legally. Reasonable minds question if it's a good idea to introduce hundreds of millions of firearms into the general public.
Does anyone seriously believe that the vision of our Founders was that guys who carry a gun on their hips 24/7 are "super-citizens" with greater political rights than senior citizens, minorities, the impoverished?
"I end the book with a letter to my sons, posing this this sort of dilemma for them to ponder: perhaps the meaning of a son's relationship with his father is a sort of puzzle to be deciphered over a lifetime."
An individual, who the NRA itself has decided is such an expert in safe gun handling that he can teach a class in it, has now accidentally discharged his weapon in a public place and wounded an innocent person.
Americans have for far too long settled minor disputes with lethal firepower, and it's one of the reasons that we continue to reject the vision of America, held by gun rights extremists, as a place where anybody can carry and display any gun.
So why is the NRA allowing its leadership, membership, and special guests to be forced to undergo the indignity of being stripped of their guns with little more than a whimper? Well, because to do otherwise would frankly be nuts.
I was truly honored to have the former demi-term Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin, contact me and ask me to write her speech for today's family-friendly NRA event. Here is an advanced copy of what I came up with.