By Alyssa Rosenberg

Sorry for not chiming in today, folks. It's been a lot of fun writing here this week and talking to ya'll; thanks for the thoughtful insights and good exchanges. Ezra's lucky to have you. I haven't written today because I spent the morning taking my first lesson in pistol shooting. I've never waded into a gun control debate before because I felt like I'd be writing with incomplete information if I'd never held or shot a gun. Now that I have, I can say that target shooting is pretty fun! But more importantly, before I went out and started firing, I had to read the National Rifle Association's Basics of Pistol Shooting handbook.

(Update: People seem to think that I've forgotten that a political official was shot to death this week, and that I was upset about it. Haven't forgotten. Still upset. Before you read on, remember that, cool? I do believe there is a difference between owning a gun, storing it responsibly, and using it safely and for target shooting, and owning a gun and using it to murder people. I also believe it's possible to think that some of the work that an organization does is important and responsible, and some of it shouldn't be done at all. Okay? )