Gaining traction instead is the idea that people would be safer if everyone carried guns. The Michigan Legislature just passed a law permitting concealed weapons in schools; school boards across the state are pleading for a veto. If loaded weapons were everywhere, especially around kids, you wouldn’t need mass killers like Newtown’s to create carnage. Rather, you’d have many more tragedies like last week’s in Pennsylvania, where a 7-year-old was killed when his dad’s gun went off as they were getting into a car. The studies are clear: States with more gun-control laws have fewer gun deaths.
The National Rifle Association may be the most powerful lobbying organization of all time. Any lawmaker who even hints at supporting gun restrictions is in its cross hairs, a political tactic that effectively keeps this issue from the national conversation.
Raising voices of reason now could at least begin to turn the tide.
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