Column: There’s no vaccine for America’s gun virus

Column: There’s no vaccine for America’s gun virus

Steve Nelson There is no vaccine for stupid. Or to inoculate against the gun virus. While the nation’s weary eyes are fixed on the deadly pandemic, another epidemic rages out of control. The latest estimate is that Americans possess about 400 million guns, enough for each man, woman and child and a good number of household pets. Armadillo comes to mind. The two incurable diseases find co-morbid hosts in a great many Americans, perhaps most colorfully in the twin freshmen threats in Congress, Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga. Boebert owns a diner named Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colo., a sly hint at her position on guns. During her campaign she violated public health orders by keeping Shooters Grill open, crowded and mask-free. Nothing says “stupid” quite like a superspreader diner filled with pistols and long guns. In her first days in Congress, she tried to slip past metal detectors with a Glock in her purse. Greene’s “stupid” virus is more a conspiracy theory variant. She is an unabashed QAnon fan with a particular affection for “false flag” shootings. “False flag” shootings, as believed in the dark armpit of conspiracy theories, are things like the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which the theorists believe was arranged by liberals to arouse support for gun control, as were the school shootings in Parkland, Fla., and elsewhere. The Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks were a government job, Hillary Clinton had a hit list and a pedophile ring. Any reports […]

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