Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, San Bernardino, Orlando and now Las Vegas … and too many more mass shootings to mention. The behavior of the shooters is not normal, and the inaction by our political leaders even less so. In fact, some gun groups and politicians will push for even easier access to guns so that we can increase the number of “good guys with guns.”

Gun sales will spike as Second Amendment zealots seek to add more to their arsenals before the big government clampdown on gun sales – a clampdown that will never come. The gun debate will rage briefly and then subside amid inaction. The nation, and especially its leaders, will forget and move on. Tens of thousands will continue to die every year by way of the gun. More mass shootings will occur. Life and violent death will go on.

Eventually, in the not-too-distant future, I will leave this life, hopefully peacefully, and can finally stop wondering why.

David Larsen

Portland