The very idea of our having a policy conversation about an Idaho concealed-carry law that allows a parent to carry a hidden loaded pistol into a department store with her two-year-old is ludicrous.
Here, in these two reader comments accompanying a Guardian story on the tragedy, is the entire catastrophe in a nutshell:
Well more than half on the people in the US want something done. There is a failure of action related to allowing corporations, in this case gun manufacturers, to buy legislators with campaign money, or just to threaten to fund opponents. The same problems arose with health care, lots of money from health care insurance and drug companies to defeat a one payor system.
It's not that we don't care, we care desperately This is about corporate ownership of our government and only that. The NRA owns Congress AND most of the state legislatures. I have personally seen them in action in the Wisconsin capital. They get whatever insane legislation they want. Citizens have worked and worked for protective legislation from this death lobby to no avail.
NRA money buys the legislators who pass the laws that enable these killings of children, women, and men. Campaign finance reform will cut off the money and bring policy into the realm of sanity. That's all there is. There is no more need for a societal "discussion" about this than there is a need to have a discussion with a runaway dump truck or with a two-year-old wielding a loaded pistol.
We will see an end to this nightmare when, and only when, we as citizens are ready to jointly do what it takes to stand up to big money. Until then, we will get what we've got.