The response to the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut was a predictable jerk of the knee. We don’t own a gun, although I took the training course to qualify for a concealed-carry permit when we lived in mid-Missouri five years ago. I don’t have a problem with people owning them (and if we’d stayed in Columbia, Missouri, I would have given serious thought to buying one). Given that the guns were purchased by and registered to the alleged shooter’s
kindergarten teacher mother, the only change that would have helped in this case is a near-total ban on private gun ownership.
The big story to me is not the response of anti-gun activists, it is the growing call for an aggressively proactive approach to screening and treatment for mental illness. Sounds like a practical solution until you consider that homosexuality was considered a mental illness not that long ago, and in the mid-19th century some physicians considered the desire of some African-American slaves to run away from the masters an illness.
In our enlightened modern age, the medical/pharmaceutical community officially considers resistance to authority figures a disease called Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Rant too long and loud against the government and one of these days you may be medicated against your will–for the good of society, of course.
We’re seeing what could become the beginning of police Pre-Crime detection, a la Minority Report.