Before I offer my opinion on gun control, let me say that I’m a shooter. I have been a member of a skeet and trap team that heads for the firing line on Wednesday nights for the best part of 20 years.
The school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last week has mobilized a force never seen before in American politics as it has now — heart-broken but fired up high school kids and their furious parents. This could be a watershed moment in the nation’s history, but if the opportunity is to be realized it is important that such people make the right things happen.
Banning the AR15 and similar “assault weapons” would be impractical and a wasted opportunity. It would use up valuable momentum that could be put to far better use. The weapons-ban train has already left the station and there is no way to catch it. More than 10 million of the guns are already in the marketplace.