During the first televised police statements following this week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, I heard the murderer’s weapon described as a “rifle.” I also heard it described as a “long gun.” As I suspected, the weapon turned out to be an assault-style rifle.
Most of us, including responsible media outlets and members of the law enforcement community, are careful to distinguish between single-shot rifles and rapid-fire multiple-shot assault weapons. Not all, though. I’m going to go out on a limb here and accuse those who confuse the two of knowingly participating in an NRA/gun industry campaign to normalize military-style weapons and make them seem less threatening.
When I’m king, adult citizens will be allowed to purchase and own single-shot hunting rifles and shotguns. Those seeking to own handguns will have to provide a self-defense justification; if approved they’ll be allowed to own one. I may or may not allow concealed carry, but for sure whatever I decide will be law in all 50 shires. I’ll send out the confiscation units to round up assault weapons and extra handguns (so start thinking about which pistol you want to keep).
But I’m a blogger, not a king. Good thing, too, because you’d really hate some of the other edicts I have in mind.
If you’re curious, here are the thoughts on gun control I shared the day after the Sandy Hook school mass murder in December, 2012.
p.s. If you’re hoping somebody in authority will finally do something, you’ve been watching too many West Wing reruns. Louis DeJoy, two years into a Democratic presidency, is still running the post office. If that doesn’t tell you what’s going on, nothing will.