Now, from the Wishful Thinking Department: In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, a great Washington Post piece on the four-month process for getting a gun in Japan. It details the many steps designed to weed out loons and irresponsible louts from wielding lethal weapons. One upshot? “In 2015, there were more than 13,000 non-suicide gun deaths in the United States; in Japan, there was only one.”
Of course, it would be ludicrous to propose that process in the United States, given our vast political, historical and cultural differences. To cite just one, so many kids grow up with guns in America – though, then again, so many never get to grow up as they kill themselves or other kids along the way.
Still, we can dream, even as we struggle for a mere modicum of gun control sanity. If imagining such a system here does no more than evoke a beautifully starry-eyed John Lennon song, it still beats Bill O’Reilly’s stunning post-Vegas pontificating: “This is the price of freedom…Americans have a right to arm themselves for protection. Even the loons.”