The Supreme Court May Be About to Blast Another Hole in Gun Control

The Supreme Court May Be About to Blast Another Hole in Gun Control

Students at Tucson High Magnet School in Arizona conduct a student walkout as part of the national #ENOUGH! walkout day, March 14, 2018. (Jeffrey J Snyder/Shutterstock) Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! In America, returning to “normal” means returning to the constant drumbeat of gun violence and mass shootings. We are the only wealthy country in the world that refuses to protect ourselves or our children from gun violence, and the year of pandemic-induced isolation did not make us any less barbaric. In the wake of two high profile mass shootings in a week—and numerous other instances of gun violence that don’t even make the evening news—all of the typical arguments are back on the table. As usual, Democrats promise to advance overwhelmingly popular if tepid gun regulations. As usual, Republicans promise to obstruct those efforts. As usual, many more Americans will die while Joe Manchin tries to figure out which gun loopholes must be kept open to preserve the right of his constituents to kill each other with minimal hassle. The debate about what to do in the wake of these mass shootings seems more pointless to me than usual, and not just because I’m desensitized to mass death or cynical about political compromise (though I am those things, as I must be, as I watch numerous politicians shrug off half a million deaths while rushing to reopen the beaches for spring break). The debate is pointless because, regardless of the […]

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