Recognizing his culpability for his girlfriendís murder and moving on to make a deeper, more nuanced point isnít irresponsible or an effort to excuse Belcherís gross criminality. Itís a bid to probe alternative remedies that might lessen the probability of another Belcher tragedy. History has taught us that human beings are flawed, volatile, irresponsible and violent. What can we do to safely manage these human characteristics beyond the obvious?
I believe we should re-examine our love affair with guns. They donít protect us from tyranny. Guns are toys in America. Guns are a dangerous hobby. Guns are a macho accessory, no different from a shiny sports car.
He's right here. The gun culture in this country has become so prevalent that it isn't even really possible to have a legitimate debate about the issue any longer. No politician who actually wants to win anything would ever even suggest any kind of gun control.