Just as when I was growing up, when we did major drills for the possibility of nuclear attack—the experience of which still haunts my dreams and probably accounts for a great deal of my world view—these children of two or three generations later are weekly undergoing drills for possible attacks by other young shooters. They represent, as even they see themselves, a gun-shocked generation, fearful always to be in what we, their grandparents and great-grandparents perceived as sanctuaries. Throughout so much of my youth, I spent more hours at school than I did at home, arriving early in the morning for band practice, and staying late into the night for theater rehearsals. My school was, in fact, my home, and I felt safe there. But quite evidently that has now changed.
The buffoon Trump at first seemed ready to possibly talk about changes in age requirements and maybe even a ban of the preferred weapon of choice, the AR-15, but then, after meeting with the NRA hacks, seemed to backtrack on his statements. NRA supporters even begin to attack the young students who had spoken out, proclaiming that were either actors or were “put up to it” by their parents, as if young people in high school might have no view of their own. Do they remember the student response about Vietnam?
found that such “permit to purchase” laws, which include a particularly
strong background check, reduce homicides, suicides and gun trafficking.
Literature reviews that examine a wide range of gun policies throughout
the U.S. also consistently find that these laws save lives.