Politics is the diversion of trivial men who, when they succeed at it, become important in the eyes of more trivial men.
– George Jean Nathan
Let’s begin with a word problem: The United States has experienced 1,624 mass shootings in 1,870 days. Over the years, many shootings took place in a school, resulting in 137 deaths since Columbine. Overall, the largest body counts were in Las Vegas (59), Orlando (50), Newtown (28), Sutherland Springs (27), Parkland (17), San Bernardino (16), and Aurora (12). Those are among 35 mass shootings that involved use of an AR-15 style rifle. Many assailants were able to legally acquire their weapons, including the AR-15s, while displaying symptoms of mental unbalance. Choose the most appropriate resolution to the problem:
- Prevent the sale of AR-15s and similar weapons, so that would-be mass shooters would not have access to them.
- Do nothing.
- Ban violent video games.
According to Arizona State Representative Mark Finchem and others, the correct answer is “C.”