Gun control has always been a thorny issue for me (not that this makes me unique) because, at a fundamental level, I question the need for our citizenry to be able to arm themselves with weapons designed to maximize human death. But on the other hand, I understand the Constitutional issues and the idea that bearing arms is the only way to get a piece of the monopoly-on-violence pie of which the government has the biggest piece. History teaches us that an armed citizenry needing to overthrow tyrannical rule is not a ridiculous proposal. Hell, in Switzerland everyone has a gun, unless they go through a somewhat difficult process of returning it to the government.* But then something occurred to me today that kind of settled some of the issues for me, and I’d like to run it by you to see if I’m missing anything.
Has anyone ever heard of a drive-by knife-throwing wherein an adult was the intended target but a child was accidentally hit and killed instead?
I don’t think you hear about much of that. But, then again, I don’t really listen to the local news that often, so who knows?
*Though, they have rifles, not handguns or assault rifles, which I have little to no problem with.