by David Safier
I was trying to figure out how to make an analogy to an epidemic work: that if we had a disease raging across the country, we'd do whatever we could to contain its spread, to lessen the number of lives it took. We wouldn't wait until tomorrow, and we wouldn't say since we can't solve the problem completely, we shouldn't do anything to lessen its intensity.
Ezra Klein said it better than I can.
"If roads were collapsing all across the United States, killing dozens of drivers, we would surely see that as a moment to talk about what we could do to keep roads from collapsing. If terrorists were detonating bombs in port after port, you can be sure Congress would be working to upgrade the nation’s security measures. If a plague was ripping through communities, public-health officials would be working feverishly to contain it. Only with gun violence do we respond to repeated tragedies by saying that mourning is acceptable but discussing how to prevent more tragedies is not."