the garden-variety 'your dad would be ashamed of you' sexist nonsense, along with the much more menacing threats to my family and personal safety.
"Last year, I performed at the Concert Across America to End Gun Violence with Jackson Browne, Eddie Vedder, Marc Cohn and the Harlem Gospel Choir, and we got death threats. People wanted to kill us because we wanted to end gun violence."
The Las Vegas killer used something called a "bump stock" to turn his rifle into a something like an automatic weapon, a kind of machine gun that's been illegal for quite a while now.
Both Republicans and Democrats — and even the NRA
— are signaling they might support legislation that would restrict or flat out ban the use of bump stocks.
That sounds like a legislative limit a lot of Americans could get behind. But is it a change the absolutists can live with? Or will they worry that it's the camel's nose under the tent, the first step to more restrictions that will ultimately gut what they see as their Second Amendment rights?
Will anything change after Las Vegas? I'm not making any bets on that. But this much I'm pretty sure of: Americans, a lot of them anyway, love their guns. And politicians — few of whom are profiles in courage — love their votes. So you tell me if anything will change after Las Vegas. And if it did, would it make any real difference regarding gun violence in America?