Shootings are taking place at a rapid clip this week (pardon the pun). And by shootings, I don't mean the run-of-the-mill crimes of passion or robberies, but the wacko assault-style shootings of schools, stores, malls, police stations, courthouses, or other "targets" - usually by mentally ill people with lots of high-powered "tactical" weaponry and accessories.
Thus, you cannot own tactical nukes. You can't even have a Howitzer (that works). You can't have hand grenades or mortars (except ones that shoot fireworks). And we can regulate where and when you can carry a weapon, and whether you can carry it concealed or not. When I was a kid, getting a concealed weapons permit was a big deal - and you first had to show need to have one.
There is an old saying that if you try to boil a frog by dropping him in a pot of hot water, he will jump right out. But if you put him in a pot of warm water, and then slowly raise the temperature, he will sit there and boil to death - not noticing the slow and steady change in his environment.
It seems we are being boiled like frogs. In the half-Century I have crawled around North America, things have slowly changed, and many of them not for the better. When I was a kid, only a few collectors could own automatic weapons. And only off-duty police officers or private detectives or security guards could carry concealed weapons - often with a permit. Gun dealers didn't sell guns to crazy people, not because it was illegal, but because it was the wrong thing to do. Sure, there were occasional mass-shootings, like the famous "tower shooter" in Texas. But they were so rare as to be notable.
Today, we hardly take note of them. Gun deaths will eclipse auto deaths as early as next year - and no one seems to notice or care why or how this came about. And no one wants to do anything about it, either.