Given the plethora of crises now plaguing the country, from an economy that is totally stalled, to the chaos in the Middle East, to a fiscal debt growth that is totally unsustainable, to an ill-conceived health care program that shall inevitably prove totally unmanageable... and a Presidency that on the verge of becoming lame duck... it seems that expending political capital battling our fringe element Second Amendment gun freaks would be a serious waste of time and energy.. especially when we deliberately blind ourselves about the root causes of mental illness. I mean, there is no denying that this shooter, as well as the ones at the Batman movie and the Gifford massacres were very very seriously disturbed human beings.
A weak and ineffectual United States will mean that the world is bereft of leadership and moral standards. This is the situation in Syria and Afganistan, where only the very strong and very ruthless survive. Obama has proven entirely feckless when it comes to leadership (from behind?). We may well be heading for another dark ages... or worse, the world of Mad Max.
The growth of inequality leaves ideological defenders of communism unfazed as well. Hmm, perhaps it's just a fact of life... like say realtive sizes, weight, intelligence, athleticism, looks..... etc etc. So maybe we should conmcentrate more on simply growing the economy, so that there are more opportunities for everyone, rather than pandering to the human tendency for envy.