I’ve been travelling regularly to Spo.kane recently for work. This has been interesting for me, as I live and work in a bit of a liberal bubble. I mostly read liberal papers. (I’d actually like to read the WSJ, for example, but they are behind a paywall.) I’ve begun to think of myself as a conservative because I find my views ARE conservative compared to the prevailing wisdom of Seattle politicians. But leaving here is an eye-opener. One of the things that has stuck out most for me is the amount of pro-gun signage. If Seattle, you’ll occasionally see an NRA bumper sticker. Certainly, my old company leaned conservative, being full of aerospace engineers, compared to the area at large. But pro-gun and conservative (ie pro-life) billboards, bumper stickers, and signs in windows are everywhere in Spo.kane. Well, maybe not everywhere. But they’re around in a way that they just aren’t on this side of the state. Living here, I just kind of assume that everyone favors gun control, or most everyone, because . . . why wouldn’t you? But, they don’t. They REALLY don’t.
The latest shooting doesn’t change my opinion. I’d ban all manner of guns and pretty much reduce us to a state comparable to Ireland. In my ideal world, your average LEO wouldn’t carry a gun, never mind ordinary citizens. I’m pretty much a pro-gun person’s worst nightmare. H and I donate a few hundred dollars every year to our local anti-gun organization (they’d call themselves pro-gun responsibility, but come on. They’re anti-gun.) Last night I suggested we move to Ireland after hearing about the latest massacre. I hate it when people do that – bash the US and talk about moving, usually to Canada. I think living in this country is an incredible privilege that most people under-appreciate, with or without Trump. But people getting shot in the streets? It’s just unacceptable, and I really see no end or improvement in sight.