“My wife has been killed by a machine which should never have come into the hands of any human being. It is called a firearm. It makes the blackest of all human wishes come true at once, at a distance: that something die.
There is evil for you.
We cannot get rid of mankind’s fleetingly wicked wishes. We can get rid of the machines that make them come true.
I give you a holy word: DISARM.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, Deadeye Dick
Google queries for the term [gun control] remain strong post-Parkland. Usually, these fade fast after an incident, but this suggests that this time has more sustainability.
The brave survivors speaking out, upcoming nationwide demonstrations, and actions from organizations like Eveytown.org will hopefully keep this issue alive.
I have hope.
This is Jim Pace. In 2016 he ran for the house seat in Georgia’s 3rd congressional district but lost. In a debate he said “If you know how many guns you have, you don’t have enough.” I think about this quote and line of thinking often on days like today.