James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, and former speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter, paints a rosy picture for the gun control movement in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting.
He argues that the time is ripe for more stringent gun control legislation, including renewing the "assault weapons ban" to prevent ownership of "high-capacity weapons." He agrees with National Journal writer Ronald Brownstein that people might be receptive to more gun restrictions because Democrats "still preponderantly prioritize restrictions on gun ownership over protecting the rights of gun owners." He cites the "insanity" that Aurora shooter James Holmes "could not legally have walked onto an airplane carrying a water bottle, or without taking off his shoes", but "he could walk down the street with a legally purchased assault rifle, body armor, and as much ammo as he could lift." Of course, many would point out that the feel-good "protections" put in place by TSA do little to solve real world problems, either.
He also notes the Virginia Tech and Tuscon shootings as examples of the problem, yet conveniently ignores the recent mass shootings in Norway, France, Belgium, Netherlands, England, Canada and others where guns are much more tightly controlled than in the United States.
Two of the letters from his readers that he printed, though, do point to the very real possibility that belief in gun rights will be slowly bred out of citizens, leaving Americans as disarmed and vulnerable as citizens in other countries.