One sure result of tragedy in Texas church



It remains to be seen if there will be any significant changes in the laws of Texas or the United States in response to the mass shooting this past Sunday that killed 26 worshippers in a little church in a little town not far from San Antonio. But one result is ultimately predictable: Gun sales will soar.

There are no official statistics available yet in the wake of the Texas situation, but it’s a good bet that I’ll be right about this.

Mind you,  I’m not saying that we’ll see a big jump in gun sales all across America. Guns are not widely owned everywhere in this country. Rather, it’s a phenomenon known mostly, but not entirely, among folks in rural areas and small towns. There are no guns in two-thirds of American homes. And the percentage is even smaller in some big cities.

In a survey conducted this past summer, gun owners cited personal safety as the leading reason for having firearms in their possession. Hunting was a distant second on the  list. Putting it another way, fear was a bigger factor than anything else.

Fear also will be a big factor when the gun lobby cranks up its effort to exploit this recent tragedy. The National Rifle Association will try to frighten people into thinking that Big Brother finally is going to try to disarm us all.  They’ll exaggerate political calls for patching-up the system that allowed this certifiable wacko in Texas to purchase firearms.

But most of us will not be seduced by the NRA’s paranoid siren song. Church attendance likely will return to normal levels, sooner or later. And  collective public memory of the church massacre in Texas will get filed away with all the other gun tragedies in America in recent years.