So first, prayers, sympathies, hope for the survivors - all these to the families and friends of those killed in Orlando in last night's mass shooting
It's interesting because I had just seen a town hall with President Obama where an older gentleman asked him why he wanted to take "our guns." The President said he didn't and, in fact, had never once in his presidency, suggested this. He said what he did want to do is be able to not allow people on the federal watchlist for terrorism to not be able to legally get a gun.
I don't know if the shooter this time was on that list but he had been questioned, twice, by the FBI because of things he had said to others.
Update: here's a map of massing shootings since Newtown from Vox. Pretty crowded.
So what will it take for change?
Clearly not a mass shooting at an elementary school. When that happened in Scotland in the early '90s , they tightened up the gun law and the United Kingdom has not seen a mass shooting since.
Clearly not a mass shooting at a service base (see Fort Hood which, before last night, had the dubious honor as the location of largest mass shooting in the U.S.)
Clearly not a mass shooting at a nightclub with mostly gay clientele.
I guess - since Congress is so myopic - maybe the only thing that will get their attention is a mass shooting there. Now I'm not advocating it or hoping for it but I'm thinking that could be the only thing that will get Congress' true attention.
I leave you with the notion that we are a nation who believes that we have expendable citizens. That every single year, there are thousands of people who are killed as the result of gun "accidents" or gun violence. And that's okay with us because people in our nation are expendable.
Your mother. Your cousin. Your neighbor. Your co-worker. Me. You. My child. Your child.
Everybody in this country is expendable according to the NRA.