I am glad there are people saying the right things. Now I wish we could do the right thing and destroy the idea that Americans need, should or can own and carry and have guns. As many as they want. Whatever kind they want. Because reasons.

In the half-mile radius of my office, every building has this picture on on the doors:


THIS IS INSANE. Because Americans need to be told that guns don’t belong at university? at rehabilitation hospitals? in museums? in office buildings? Because we think there is a universe in which it is sane and reasonable to be armed when you are sitting in your office tower above a Walgreen’s, grocery store and coffee shop?

This is sick. It is madness.

Stop it. Just stop it.

Christopher died because of craven, irresponsible politicians and the N.R.A. That’s true. That the killer in question was in the grip of a mad, woman-hating ideology, or that he was also capable of stabbing someone to death with a knife, are peripheral issues to the central one of a gun culture that has struck the Martinez family and ruined their lives. (The shooter, Elliot Rodger, had three semi-automatic handguns that, according to the Los Angeles Times, he’d purchased legally.) Why did Christopher Michael-Martinez die? Because the N.R.A. and the politicians they intimidate enable people to get their hands on weapons and ammunition whose only purpose is to kill other people as quickly and as lethally as possible. How do we know that they are the ‘because’ in this? Because every other modern country has suffered from the same kinds of killings, from the same kinds of sick kids, and every other country has changed its laws to stop them from happening again, and in every other country it hasn’t happened again. (Australia is the clearest case—a horrific gun massacre, new laws, no more gun massacres—but the same is true of Canada, Great Britain, you name it.)

Christopher Michael-Martinez’s Father Gets It Right–by Adam Gopnik


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