Virginia Kruta, columnist at The Daily Wire
A lot of us have spent the week in shock. We’ve been sad, devastated, angry, and frustrated in equal measure — because kids were killed in one of the places they should have been safest: at school.
And as is often the case after such an event, people have reacted to the tragic shooting in Uvalde, Texas, by retreating to their corners and lashing out at everyone who disagrees. And while everyone agrees that we as a society must be able to do *something* to bring about change, very few can agree on what that something might be.
There are those who say that we shouldn’t rush to seek a political solution while families — and we as a nation — are still grieving. And there’s some truth to that: it is difficult to find rational solutions when the people seeking them are overcome with emotion. And there are those who say that no political solution is possible because the problem is not political but in the heart. And there is some truth to that too.
But what it all boils down to is simpler than the political issue of gun control vs. the Second Amendment – and at the same time, far more complex.
It all boils down to the fact that there are two types of people who live in this world: those who have resigned themselves to the idea that they will always be victims — some of whom actually enjoy that — and those who refuse to be victims. And nothing draws a stark delineation between those two factions quite like a mass shooting does.
Immediately afterward, members of the victim class loudly insist that only the government can protect them from the next mass shooter — but there’s a catch: in order for the government to protect them, everyone else must be disarmed and forced to adopt the victimhood they have chosen.
Those who refuse to be victims also acknowledge that there will always be a “next mass shooter” — because armed evil exists whether the rest of us choose to disarm or not — but instead, we choose actions that endeavor to make potential victims harder to kill.
We protect celebrities with guns. We protect Congress with guns. Maybe it’s time we start protecting our kids with guns.