Inching Toward an Honest Debate over Guns

There's only one air-tight solution.

The horror of the slaughter of 26 parishioners—including an unborn infant—at the First Baptist Church in Texas is compounded by our sense that atrocities like these are becoming routinized. Mass shootings are more frequent than they once were. They also produce a higher body count. But after every one, the shock of the viciousness and cruelty on display is slightly less nauseating than it was the last time. We resent being habituated to mass death as much as the senseless bloodshed itself. Maybe desensitization is inevitable, but it is a noble inclination to rage against it.

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Inching Toward an Honest Debate over Guns

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When the facts change, so should opinions.

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Some things never change.

Does Europe still want its Jews, and can the Jews still find belonging in Europe? Ask the likes of Angela Merkel, Emmanuel Macron, and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, and they will answer firmly and decisively in the affirmative. Yet their assurances ring hollow amid a resurgence of Europe’s old and unhealthy obsession with Jews.

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