piece in the Washington Post today. Regarding the toothless gun "safety" legislation before Congress, he writes (my emphasis):
The Newtown and Aurora tragedies are, in fact, anomalies. They get our
attention, but the real threat to us all is day-in-day-out gun violence.
Having an estimated 310 million firearms
around is a prescription for mayhem. I fear the dreaded assault rifle
as much as I do a lightning strike. Handguns are a different story. I
imagine them under the seat of the car that cuts me off or in the
waistband of some kid who can’t tell the difference between a “diss” and
a lethal threat. The sheer ubiquity of guns is frightening.
In 1959, Gallup reported that 60 percent of Americans favored a total handgun ban. Nine years later, Milton Eisenhower,
Dwight’s younger brother and the former president of Johns Hopkins
University, proposed the confiscation of nearly all handguns. Today,
only 24 percent of Americans
would support such a ban. The Milton Eisenhowers of our own time read
the polls and go quiet or cheer the mere consideration of a bill that
would do very little. You could call it a beginning but, as we all must
know, it is really the end.