Originally published on October 12, 2017
I would like to say that enough is enough, but I know better. As I write this letter, 59 lives have been cut short by a maniac in Las Vegas with both the desire and the means to pull off a mind-boggling massacre. Hundreds lay in hospitals, ripped apart by a madman’s bullets, clinging to life. The body count will surely grow.
We can’t restrict desire, but we can restrict means. But we won’t. If the little bodies of first-graders in Newtown, Connecticut, aren’t enough to motivate action on keeping weapons of mass destruction, yes mass destruction, out of the hands of those hell-bent on destroying people, then nothing will.
We as a society can’t restrict desire. But as a society, we can restrict means. I imagine the responses this letter inspires will illustrate why we won’t. Remember this when the next massacre happens. As it surely will.