Folks --

I need to let you know that I am tired. And I am done.

I don’t suppose I need to tell you how horrific this week has been. On Monday the Boston Marathon was bombed. On Wednesday, the Senate voted against enforcing basic, simple, common-sense gun registration requirements. Tonight, a MIT police officer was fatally shot at the scene of an armed robbery. That took place about two blocks from where I work.

Look: a lot of you are gun enthusiasts. You’re the epitome of responsible gun owners, in fact: you are fastidious about keeping your guns safely away from young kids and you don’t leave your weapons lying around unsupervised. Some of you don’t even keep your guns in your house. I believe, absolutely, that a gun in your possession is safer than a gun in almost anyone else’s hands, and I am grateful to you for being responsible with your weapons.

But still: I am tired. And I am done.

I am tired of hoping that we can reach a sensible “compromise” on gun control, where “compromise” means something like prohibiting dealers from selling guns to convicted violent felons or people who are actively mentally ill. And I am done with being patient with the long game, done with waiting for incremental progress in dribs and drabs.

I am tired of hearing about another child who accidentally shot himself with his father’s legally bought and registered gun, another woman shot and killed by her husband with their legally bought and registered gun, another teenage kid killed in a drive-by shooting with a gun that was legally bought and registered before being stolen and sold on the black market. I am tired of hearing these things. And I am done with the argument that firearms that are bought and registered legally, by law-abiding citizens, pose no threat whatsoever to other law-abiding citizens.

I am tired of reading about yet another mass shooting by someone who, up until that moment, was a law-abiding gun owner. And I am done with the claim that a gun purchased for “self-defense” is more likely to be used in self-defense than in committing a crime.

I am done with considering incidents like these an acceptable, inevitable cost of the freedoms guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

These costs are not acceptable. They are not acceptable and they are not inevitable. It is possible for reasonable people to support the right to keep and bear arms, and at the same time to accept some reasonable, common-sense restrictions on that right. We saw reasonable people make exactly that decision this week in the Senate -- overruled, unfortunately, by a slim minority of senators terrified of being unseated by the NRA.

You folks who are reading this: if this is not something you can agree with, and you don’t think that you can agree to disagree, I will understand if you choose to leave my friends list. I will not hold it against you and I will continue to consider you a friend. But you must know where I stand:

The NRA today is, quite literally, the enemy of the American people. It acts against the best interests of every single person in this country.

The bombs that were used against the Boston Marathon on Monday were pressure cookers filled with gunpowder and shrapnel. Right now, as of this writing, investigators have a better chance of tracing the pressure cookers to their point of manufacture and sale than the gunpowder. And that is largely a result of the NRA’s lobbying to prevent adding chemical tags to gunpowder to facilitate tracing its purchase.

That is insane. It is insane. There is no other word that can reasonably be applied to it. It is insane.

It is past time for us to wait for this problem to get fixed. It is time to act, and it is time to start with the 46 Senators who voted in favor of selling guns to violent felons and the mentally ill.

So you see, my friends and loves, I do love you, and I am grateful for everything you do. I really am. But I am tired. And I am done.
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