Say, that Sioux Falls paper mentioned on Friday that South Dakota ranks third in the nation for accidental shootings involving kids. But don’t expect South Dakota to do anything about all these guns we have lying around waiting to go off unintentionally and killing more innocent people than Syrian refugees and Clinton e-mails combined, because (says Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead of increasing gun ownership and concealed-carry permits)—
“It’s a heritage in our state,” Milstead said. “And now, more and more people are getting concealed carry permits for a variety of reasons, including protection” [John Hult, “S.D. Ranks Third in Nation for Accidental Shootings Involving Minors,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2016.10.14].
Darn—I thought my heritage was a social contract with robust civic institutions that mean I don’t have to live in such fear of violent death that I don’t need to constantly carry deadly weapons… which end up causing more violent death.