Conservatives in the US seem willing to go to the end of the earth to protect a blob of cells inside a woman that will go on to form a baby. Yes, well no. Yes, it's your body but apparently US society and the law has a say over what your body will do. Ipso facto, so do men who put it there.
Yet the US conservatives are quite willing to allow their gun culture to go on in the name of freedom. A culture where there is ready access to guns and some eighteen year old idiot can easily get some kind of machine gun and massacre school kids.
Most countries don't allow citizens access to guns unless they are sporting shooters or need guns in their profession. Why is the US so different? I don't know. The solution...I am not sure but here is what I think.
Average citizens do not need guns. The guns of the US must be handed in to authorities where they will be crushed. There could be a financial incentive or compensation. Guns will only be available to strongly controlled gun clubs, law and security folk and farmers who need them. Add to that feral pest shooters. That's it! Da boys in the 'hood won't have guns, so you at home don't need protection from them by having guns in your home. The mentally unwell won't have ready access to guns. Guns will be removed from 99% of the population.
Real criminals will find a way to obtain guns and nothing can ever change that, but if guns are removed from general society, from those who might break into your house and from you who want to protect your house and yourself with a gun, the gun culture has gone. Yes, the essence is get rid of the gun culture. No normal person needs a gun and to have one would be illegal. This will require bipartisan support in the Federal Parliament to over ride state laws, and that what is needed President Joe. Republican politicians beholden to the gun lobby will protest and the process could start with a list of those to shame who support guns for all. Break them down by public naming them each time there is a mass shooting and what is their reason for not supporting the elimination of guns in society.
As the Australian expression goes, "Tell 'em their dreamin'". It's not going to happen, is it?
PS I hardened myself as I first heard the news at seven in the morning. In a far away land where they are bit like us....But my eyes welled up today when I read the husband of one of the killed school teachers subsequently died from a heart attack after hearing the news. The pain goes for those in the past, for the families and friends of these victims and worse, those future victims. It is just so wrong and it must stop in what is judged one of the best and most desirable countries in the world.