Adam Ozimek, admittedly pro gun rights, wonders whether new laws would have prevented the tragedy in Aurora:
You can argue that strict gun laws may reduce the number of gun related assaults and murders, and this is worth discussing, but it does not seem plausible that it would stop people like this shooter.
Meanwhile, Dan Baum reminds us of how intractable both violence and guns are in America:
If tomorrow President Obama signed the ultimate gun-control law—a total ban on the sale, manufacture, and import of guns—we would still be awash in firearms for generations to come.
The next few weeks will bring a plethora of opinion, diatribe, and sanctimony from all sides of the perpetual gun rights debate in America. Whenever possible, one should try to consider all sides. It’s far more complicated than our emotions want it to be.