By Dave Price
Senior Writer and Curator
The terrible mass shooting today at a DC-area baseball field 2.5 miles from my apartment was tragic.
The terrible mass shooting a few hours later at a UPS facility 2,814 miles away from my apartment was tragic.
The next mass shooting, whether it occurs tonight or tomorrow or sometime later this month (154 mass shootings and 6,886 gun deaths in America so far this year), will be tragic. And the one after that. And the one after that. And the one after that.
OK ... I've got it. The 2nd Amendment says something about the right to keep and bear arms. And guns alone don't kill people. And there's the problems of mental health and hate and vitriolic political and personal rage involved in all this tragedy, too.
But here's the point. Unless you believe that mass shootings are acceptable, inevitable, or part of your God's inviolate plan to produce more prayer, then I believe it is incumbent upon you to help find ways to reduce this life-taking violence.
One common definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Tonight, I will submit that seeing the same bad thing happen again and again and doing nothing is equally, if not even more, insane.
I don't have an answer. And you may feel you don't have an answer. But I believe that many of us working together with a willingness to compromise could find an answer.
And that would truly make America a better, safer place for all of us.