Rachel Maddow asked what it takes for America to change its lax gun laws. She concluded that no matter what horrific event involving gun violence occurs, “All the changes in law go toward more guns in more places and more legal excuses for shooting people.” It is only the gun lobby, specifically the NRA, whose decision matters.
Prior to James Holmes' killing 12 and wounding 58 in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, he purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, an AR-15 Assault Rifle and three other guns at local stores. The AR-15, shown above, is not a "sporting" rifle or a weapon for self-defense; with its magazine and trigger, it is designed to kill as many people as possible and as quickly as possible–the very purposes for which Holmes used it. Given Colorado's lax gun laws, he passed a minimal background check. The background check did not cover why someone would need to stockpile so many weapons in a short period. Isn't that alone grounds for suspicion?
Does anyone feel that more reasonable gun laws are on the horizon following this latest massacre? One article states that America is resigned to no change, especially given the power of the NRA. We come back to Rachel Maddow's question about what it takes and the direction in which gun laws always seem to go. America's gun situation is encapsulated in the cartoon below by Tom Tomorrow in which "Sparky the Penguin" tells an NRA supporter, "Barring some seismic realignment in this country, the gun control debate is all but settled–and your side won. The occasional horrific civilian massacre is just the price the rest of us have to pay. Over and over again, apparently."