A madman goes off and kills a few people and wounds a congresswoman. Almost everyone with access to a microphone or printing press suggests it’s “society’s” fault. Almost everyone with the power to do so proposes a law that will not prevent such occurrences, but will unjustly penalize almost everyone who had nothing to do with the shooting.
Meanwhile the principal purveyors of violence, those who think they are justified by virtue of their employment by “government,” continue to push us around at gunpoint. Ironically, Congresswoman Giffords cheerfully endorsed violent acts by government thugs. So do most of those calling loudly for “toning down the rhetoric” or for laws which will, at best, simply diminish our ability to defend ourselves from people like the Tucson madman.