Sometimes one incident can put multiple things in perspective. Like yesterday. In West Memphis, Arkansas, two police officers were doing spot checks for drug runners on I-40. The two officers stopped a white van with Ohio plates, at which point two men jumped from the van and opened fire on the officers with AK-47s, killing both policemen. Later, the two guys from the van were killed in a separate shootout with police in what was described as a busy Wal-Mart parking lot.
Step back from this incident for a minute, and consider this: IF the ridiculous war on drugs, which has been a monumental failure by anyones measure, was a thing of the past; and/or IF an effective ban on assault weapons in the U.S. was in operation, those two police officers, as well as the two drug runners, would be alive right now. Moreover, shoppers in an American stores parking lot would not have been caught in the middle of a northern Mexico style scene of mayhem. Policies have real-life consequences, which is why some of us damn libbuls support reasonable regulation of firearms, and an end to the drug wars.