Shying away from a meaningful conversation on gun control following a tragic event that could have been severely mitigated, if not prevented, by stricter gun laws isn’t a display of reverence—it is sheer cowardice. And a cowardice very much at odds with the mythos of our nation’s greatness. The (admittedly contentious) notion of American exceptionalism didn’t come from inaction or political paralysis, but rather it came from an aptitude for doing things.
If we don’t tackle issues like the NRA’s fundamental reinterpretation of America’s gun laws over the past several decades, we risk becoming subpar as a nation. It is on us to avoid that unfortunate fate.