The cliché goes — and I believe it — that guns don’t kill people. People kill people. But if you believe that too, you should want to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people — most specifically those who have no grip on reality and hear voices.
Start doing it now. Just because the left never does anything original or surprising doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.
I see that Jonah Goldberg agrees. He wrote today on The Corner:
Maybe it’s time to look at this issue by itself? I have no doubt you could write gun control laws for the mentally ill too broadly. Just as I am confident you can write them too narrowly (we know this is the case because too many deranged men hearing voices have gotten their hands on guns lately). Nothing will ever stop every crazy person from killing people, with or without firearms. But surely there’s a better way to do things than accept these horrors as a new normal?
Okay, so why don’t we take the lead for a change? Suggestions?
UPDATED: It now seems as if Alexis was being treated for mental illness, most likely with psychiatric drugs that may/may not have caused or exacerbated his behavior. What does this mean? Proceed with caution, obviously. First do no harm. As some have noted below, we need some kind of discussion of how we get such people off the streets. But, man, is that expensive (not to mention the other implications – we don’t want to turn into anything like the USSR where political enemies were defined as insane and incarcerated). In any case, not easy. Is the price of our freedom that we will always have some percentage of madmen walking around with shotguns? Possibly. Whoever said life was simple?