Im reading it right now. Quite good.Hey @ByMySword, thanks so much for that link to the liberal gun owner's essay.
The opening part involving the shooting statistics is actually something I've mulled over independently since this incident occurred. Statistically, this incident seems to be negligible, and I had already been considering it in the same light as plane crashes; emotionally, it's HUGE because of the needlessness of the shooting, the age of the victims, feelings of helplessness, and the speed at which large quantities of information can blaze across the country, providing a sense of intimacy to the event regardless of locale. Still, a decision based solely on strength of emotion does not guarantee (and might undermine) a long-term solution for preventing such incidents in the future.
I've also felt a lot of social pressure to not even bring up such points (statistical comparison to other data) because it sounds impersonal enough for some to view it as offensive, although it should be clear that as a parent and human being I feel shock and outrage over incidents such as this one. I just find it difficult to discuss data when people are still grieving or experiencing overwhelming fear.
The main issue of concern to me -- the "semi-automatic / assault rifle" -- was ambiguous, and I raised it with the caveat that I better wanted to understand it, so I should say that this article was very informative for me. I honestly don't think many people understand the nomenclature or concerns here; I also expect when "assault" weapons are imagined, people think of Jesse Ventura's minigun from "Predator" with its endless supply of rounds.