Since Americans evidently are more afraid of stepping on spiders than pulling the trigger, it would seem prudent to bite the bullet and toughen our gun laws.
Of course, gun laws can’t play David Copperfield and make all guns disappear.
But if there is extensive hemorrhaging, every little bandage helps.
So President Obama rolled out an expansive gun control agenda today and already Republicans and centrist Democrats are shooting it full of holes.
Obama is betting that public opinion now favors an extensive overhaul of our gun laws after a bloody string of mass shootings.
After all, having first-graders shot to death in school should trigger a compassionate urgency to muzzle firearms.
However, the public and Congress aren’t inhabited by the same species.
Congress always is politically contentious about tweaking our gun laws because it wants our Second Amendment’s right to bear arms to be more bulletproof than our citizens.