“This is not the right time to have a dialog about gun laws.” This is what various television and political pundits (sometimes those are the same thing) are saying about starting a national dialog to ban assault weapons. Again.
It apparently wasn’t the right time when the terrible events at Columbine happened, when the terrible events at Virginia Tech happened, when the terrible events at Tucson happened, and it still isn’t the right time now that the terrible events have happened in Aurora, Colorado.
It isn’t the right time when these indescribably terrible things occur: shouldn’t get emotional. It isn’t the right time when things have been quiet: don’t want to stir things up. It isn’t the right time during an election year, because many who are running for re-election don’t want to incur the wrath of the rabid gun owners and sellers. It isn’t the right time when it isn’t an election year, because those same rabid gun owners and sellers will remember. It isn’t the right time when investigative reporting confirms that no background checks are required for weapons of any kind sold at gun shows or on the Internet.
Can it be that our human society has been at war in one place or another, for one reason or another, for so very long that in many places in this world, including the USA, we no longer have, in the general sense, the ability to differentiate between weapons for hunting game and weapons for hunting people?