Why it’s so easy to give up

President Obama gave his 15th passionate address on gun violence. Killings have become routine and, tragically, benumbing. America is different, much to our own collective ruination. This post, I know for certain, will have absolutely no effect on the dismal status quo, which is guns über alles. Indeed, following each massacre, sales of weapons actually increase as the saner among us urge restrictions in ever-more-desperate tones.

The Guardian, offering an outsider’s perspective, charts the tragedies.

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Those are awful numbers. But the article’s headline says it all:

Mass shooting have no effect on the public debate about gun ownership.

Now for the depressing part:

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We have become an “ignoramitocracy,” a term gleaned from Robert Frank’s The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and the Common Good. I am convinced that there is no such thing as the third element of the subtitle. Rather, we blithely embrace individual liberties with decreasing regard for a well-ordered society governed by reason and understanding. We simply love our ignorance.

Got a problem with that? Bang.