One of the great challenges of today’s world is trying to see the other’s point of view, to respect positions that are so far from your own considered position that they seem incomprehensible, dangerously uninformed, or just plain stupid. That challenge is exacerbated by the refusal of individuals or societies to change circumstances or behaviour that lead to, or at least facilitate, repeated tragedy.
New Zealand responded to March’s Christchurch massacre by enabling people to surrender military-grade small arms through a state-funded buy-back scheme. Though it is too early to be conclusive, the scheme seems to be having the desired effect.
Thousands of weapons are no longer in circulation, reducing the prospect of another Christchurch.
This morning, as America cries crocodile tears over two mass shootings that left at least 30 people dead, maybe a few sane voices might suggest following New Zealand’s lead.
The killings at El Paso and Ohio, and any over the next 14 months, put this issue close to the top of the 2020 election agenda.