PRESIDENT OBAMA either made an awful mistake in logic or revealed his secret wish in his emotional address following the mass murder at a quiet community college in Oregon.
Among the advanced nations who have figured out a way to deal with guns, he cited England and Australia:
"We know that other countries, in response to one mass shooting, have been able to craft laws that almost eliminate mass shootings. Friends of ours, allies of ours - Great Britain, Australia, countries like ours," he said.
Well, not exactly.
Those two countries didn't "craft laws" to deal with guns - they banned them and confiscated them.
So Obama was either imprecise in his language - it can happen, even to a lawyer - or he was revealing his subconscious desire.
I think it was the latter. He would like all guns banned, and many Americans agree with him.
In a column dripping emotion and anguish, my colleague Ronnie Polaneczky demanded that every presidential candidate be grilled about his/her position and to take on the NRA.
While being "pro-gun" or "pro-Constitution" is thought of as a Republican position, it may surprise some to learn than Bernie Sanders almost always voted against the Brady bill.
He had his reasons - he is from a low-crime, pro-gun state. Low crime, despite many guns.
Every candidate has his or her reasons.
Obama said he'd be accused of politicizing the issue. "Well, this is something we should politicize," he said.
I am for that.
I am also for background checks, waiting periods, closing the gun-show loophole and even for banning the sale of magazines holding more than 10 rounds. I am a gun owner, but I am with the vast majority of gun owners - even a large majority of NRA members - who favor sensible precautions. I am not an NRA member.
The sad fact is that as long as guns are available, someone lacking either mental health or values will use them wrongfully.
The solution is simple: Revoke the Second Amendment, which guarantees gun ownership.
All it takes to do that is this: Obama gets a friendly member of Congress to introduce a bill revoking the Second Amendment.
That bill must be approved by two-thirds of both the House and the Senate.
That's a snap, right? But wait!
If approved by Congress, it then must be approved by the legislatures in three-quarters of the states, meaning 38 of them.
That. Won't. Happen.
Calling on candidates to buck the NRA is a good idea, but it bypasses the citizens. I will (again) call on the vast majority of lawful, gun-owning members of the NRA to tell their own organization to stand down, to shut up and to stop being obstructionist.
Calling off the NRA will help, but it's not a total solution.
There is no total solution. But we can try to minimize the body count.