So we sit here in Canada and listen to the debate raging in the U.S. following another school shooting: 17 dead with no legislation forthcoming to prevent it from happening again.
Right-wing versus left-wing. Republicans versus Democrats. Trump supporters versus critics. Survivors versus the National Rifle Association.
And some of us wonder: Why can’t the Americans understand? Why can’t they see it? How does a 240-year-old document, designed to protect Americans from their British persecutors, define someone’s right today to own a semi-automatic weapon capable of killing dozens of people in minutes?
There are guns in Canada. There are guns in the Olympics — weapons that fire single bullets, timed between heartbeats, at targets. Canadians and Olympians have strict ownership rules. Most Americans can buy guns at neighbourhood stores. Some Americans are now destroying their weapons as part of a “One Less Gun” campaign. Some Americans understand.