I've just had the terribly sad realization that the events in Dallas may finally be the tipping point on action towards gun control. Because a lot of people are sitting up tonight and saying "Wait a second... the Second Amendment means <ahem> people who don't "look like us" get to have guns too? That's not what we meant!"
It's not the murder of 26 children that will be the tipping point, that point already came and went years ago. It's the realization that blind unwavering support of the Second Amendment ALSO puts guns in the hands of the people who supporters thought they would be protecting themselves against.
You know... "thugs".
And what has happened? A man who believed the government was attacking his freedoms and acting in a tyrannical fashion, picked up a weapon and used it to attack the agents of his perceived oppressor. Congratulations, NRA: looks like your publicity campaign worked: bonuses all around to your advertising agency.
Oh, you don't agree with his definition of "tyranny"? You mean you didn't reach consensus on the term before you sold 300+ million guns, based specifically on how abso-fucking-lutely NECESSARY they were to prevent it?
Oh, what a pickle. Oh, what a fucking shitstorm. Congratulations. And now, unfortunately, you've successfully sold the idea that any action WHATSOEVER to try to address the situation, no matter how simple or rational, amounts to...
...you guessed it, "government tyranny", which will trigger the Manuchurian Candidate response you've so carefully cultivated.
Individually, we're all wonderful people. Collectively, we suuuuuuuuuuuuuck.