Defending gun rights is “Defending the indefensible,” writes my friend and fellow columnist Tony Bender.

His column is his usual exercise in tautology – these dummies are dumb because they’re dumb, he’s saying of the people he disagrees with.

Yawn.

But in his section lashing out at me for a column I wrote last month he makes a claim that’s worth rebutting:

"And even if you think a monthly pile of corpses is the acceptable price of freedom, let’s consider collateral damage. Rob Port (another beer) recently wrote a column entitled “Who Is Really Afraid to Shop, Worship, or Go to School?”

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Well, I’m no psychologist, but returning to the good old days of duck-and-cover drills can’t be conducive to a preschooler’s mental health. A false alarm goes off, and Billy thinks there’s a killer on the loose. A loud noise down the hall has Molly cowering in the janitorial closet. And you don’t think folks worry about that twitchy kid whose meth-addled, heavily-armed parents are never home?

This state of affairs isn’t normal and we should stop pretending it is, and that nothing can be done about it. It’s tough to pursue your constitutional right to happiness when you’re being pursued by a gunman blasting 45 rounds a minute. Even if it’s only in your nightmares."

It saddens me that my friend views the world this way, because it just isn’t so, which was the point I was trying to make in the column which triggered him.

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