All of the popular, knee-jerk suggestions for proscriptive action in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre are terrible, on both sides of the issue. I say this as an NRA life member, who also thinks the recommendations aired at today’s press conference are an absolute joke. Everyone wants a self-serving quick fix, an “easy button” that will magically solve a problem that neither side will admit is deeply more complex than will support their agendas. Nobody wants to look inward, or to think for a second that they may personally have something to do with the larger problem; it’s too horrible a notion to even begin to contemplate. What’s even scarier is committing to the necessary and difficult long-term work toward cultural change on multiple fronts. We want the path of least resistance: to do only what’s required to make the problem temporarily disappear from our radar screens, so we can get back to ingesting an endless stream of pop culture adver-tainment and slowly killing ourselves in various ways.
I salute everyone who is tunneling methodically past the symptoms toward root causes, ignoring the noise and focusing on signal.