I probably should have written the hardcore political gun faction, because I agree all gun owners do not take this approach.
But we both know what I'm talking about. For example, I'm referring to the forces that stopped gun law reform, even at the most basic and innocuous level, after Sandy Hook, the forces that control enough legislators that the preferences of a majority of the American public for stronger background checks at gun shows and for online gun sales were disregarded.
Last April, 90% of Democrats and 84% of Republicans supported proposed legislation to that effect. And we know how it fared:http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013 ... epublicans
The linked article paints a pretty clear picture of what happened last spring, and I suggest it is still happening in the form of public rationalization. The repeated defense for shootings like the one we're discussing here is "don't you realize it's legal?" And every time something like this happens, especially to a harmless kid, more people are turning around and saying "well, it shouldn't be."
It's the mirror image of when someone gets thrown in jail for possessing minor amounts of marijuana: "See, it's illegal." "Well, it shouldn't be."
Cracks in a dam can lead to a sudden flood of change.