Deadly weapons like the machine gun brandished by Congressman Massie on his Christmas card or the 9mm Sig Sauer that Ethan Crumbley hid in his backpack aren’t some American cultural quirk but very much wrapped up in the post-1980, post-civil-rights zeitgeist of every man and woman for themselves — a holiday spirit not of sharing but of clinging to what’s mine with one finger already on the trigger. Is there a way out of this mess, short of a cataclysmic civil war?
Short answer: History says "probably not."
Long answer: I don't honestly know for sure and anyone who does is lying, but what I am sure of is this:
It will be the marginalized, Black folks, LGBTQ+ folk, non-Christians, brown folk, immigrants, and women, who will suffer the most in the years ahead, as it has been for 400 years here.
That's always, always been the case in America, if not its defining trait.