President Obama is furious that legislators lack the will to address gun violence. But there are steps he could take without them.
On the radio last week, I heard a police officer being interviewed about the shootings in his town of Roseberg, Oregon. He said something like, “We’re just in shock. Things like this always happen somewhere else, not in a town like ours.” I was surprised to hear this. I take it for granted that, someday, a public shooting is going to happen in a town, school, or church near me, maybe at a time when I happen to be there.
In the face of yet another gun massacre, Americans seem to think that there is only one answer: more guns.