So after the shooting in Portland yesterday we're seeing nth iteration of the country wrangling about guns in the face of a horrible tragedy.
I'm a gun owner, I've been one for a good chunk of my adult life, and grew up where most everyone else was too. I'm also a crime reporter, and have spent the last five-plus years seeing how the law does and doesn't work when it comes to violence.
I get a twitch because a lot of the populations that get stereotyped in the resulting fracas are ones I come from, and I've encountered both genuinely disturbed gun nuts along with a lot of people who had absolutely good reasons to own and use firearms. But that doesn't come out, instead we get a shouting match that's largely forgotten in a week.
Perhaps a short piece, mixing those experiences with a call to actually start addressing gun culture in this country (as with 300 million of the things it's not going away, but it has changed and can change again) instead of running back to the same entrenched (and not particularly useful) positions that get brought up every time something terrible like this happens.