by Mike Tully
With daggers, bodkins, bullets, man can make
bruise or break of exit for his life;
but is that a quietus, O tell me, is it quietus?
Surely not so! for how could murder, even self-murder
ever a quietus make?
– D. H. Lawrence, “The Ship of Death”
Donald Trump’s recent appearance before the National Rifle Association (N.R.A.) convention was his usual combination of pandering and self-adulation, although one comment was noteworthy. “(W)e have news that you’ve been waiting for, for a long time,” he thundered. “The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end.” That statement drew applause and nobody stopped to ask the obvious question: what assault?
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