A new Australian dream is needed. I like to imagine a future where the housing affordability crisis creates something amazing and unintended. A life that isn’t trapped in the foothills of shelter and safety, that instead draws its meaning from love and belonging and self-esteem.
Such is the saturation of guns in the US, it has given rise to a persuasive, if perverse, logic: a sensible person would be armed. For decades now, the American people have engaged in an arms race against themselves.
Despite this year averaging one mass shooting a day, and pleas from the president for legislative changes, the United States clings to its literalist interpretation of the right to bear arms.