There is no solution to the gun problem, and there is not much to write about, because Americans are addicted to guns.
Rep. Jared Golden, Maine’s 2nd Congressional District, reversed course and said he would now support a ban on military-style semi-automatic rifles like the one used in the killing of 18 people in Lewiston this week. But neither the House nor the Senate will likely pass such a law, and if Congress did, the Supreme Court, as it currently exists, would almost certainly declare it unconstitutional.
Every mass shooting is a gut punch; with everyone else, unimaginative people say, “I never thought this could happen here,” but such things can and will happen anywhere and everywhere in this locked and loaded country. Weapons are available and targets are soft.
When rapid fire weapons are hard to come by, things improve, but I don’t see that much improvement in the future. Americans love guns and seem willing to pay the price in blood.
Stephen King is the author of numerous works of fiction.
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