I sent this about an hour and a half ago to Sen. Toomey:
Dear Sen. Toomey
I’m sure you are getting a lot of grief for the proposal by Sen. Manchin and yourself to expand background checks for firearm purchases.
And you deserve it.
Still, I don’t hate you and you can continue to chalk me up as a supporter albeit with concerns that you are catching Potomac fever.
I do wish that you and other Republicans would stop playing defense and take the offense. How about you start making the case about the benefits of private firearm ownership. Our murder rate, for instance, is at a near low for my lifetime despite (because?) the number of states allowing concealed carry rose from 10 to 41 since 1980.
Philadelphia is a less dangerous city that it was in the ’80s & ’90s. Really. How about pointing things like that out?
Regarding mass school shootings it would also be nice if someone noted that they didn’t occur — the first was the Grover Cleveland School shootings in 1979 that inspired the song “I Don’t Like Mondays — when the children started the day with a prayer and looked at the Golden Rule on classroom wall.
And, of course, when our society recognized that helpless life was something to be protected and not defined away for the sake of convenience.
I don’t think that is a coincidence.