I have to sound off on this. Guns.
Practically not a day goes by when there isn't at least one crazed person killing someone in the US. The stats are incredible. Seventeen thousand dead a year in the States. Two billion dollars in health care costs to treat almost 70,000 wounded.
It isn't just schizoid youths who are blowing people away. It's doctors and marketing professors. I'm waiting for the brief on A2 about a priest who has a disagreement with a parishioner and then "goes away for a few minutes and returns with his guns."
My mom and sister were out on a Sunday drive recently in rural Virginia and ran into some "traffic" in a small town. Guess what -- some guy had had a disagreement with his employer and he had "returned with his guns".
The fact that this does not strike us as more absurd is shocking. Why do people have weapons at home? Awaiting what? Why multiple weapons? What makes this acceptable?
Maybe it's the gun itself that causes the problem -- some sort of demon leaches out of the metal and corrupts the possessor -- maybe not.
The NRA can defend its stance until the cows come home, but nobody disputes that only a fraction of the gun owners would reach for a knife or club instead if there were a ban.
So enough. Or I will start making creepy videos and circulating them on the Net in which I call for a full handgun ban.