Saying the purpose of gun control is advancing government power cultivates paranoia among gun owners suspicious that any responsible measures to reduce gun violence will lead to gun confiscation.
Perhaps Surber can explain what the Department of Education or War on Poverty has to do with gun violence. I'd call it changing the subject.
We have had yet another in a series of very violent crimes perpetrated by heavily armed young men. We are again grieving the loss of innocent lives.
Common features of each mass shooting are apparent, and the most obvious is that none of these would have happened and none of these people would have died if the assailants had not had guns.
When drunk drivers kill people, we rightly ask what combination of measures can prevent these unintended deaths.
We wonder if reasonable restrictions on alcohol sales or use might be effective.
What is wrong with asking the same kinds of questions about gun violence?
How can we keep people who should not have guns from getting them? What kinds of weapons are too intrinsically dangerous to be allowed?
What kinds of reasonable safety measures should gun owners follow to assure that their weapons are used only lawfully?
Schade, who lives in Charleston, is a retired physician epidemiologist.