I don't think that, in general terms, our nation is all that much different from any other. Every community, regardless of its culture, rules, and society, has kooks and screwballs. It started in Eden, and will only end at the second coming.
Speaking of which...
NRA is in sad disarray.
Everyone over about the age of 8 knew what the talking heads were going to say, and which one were going to say what, two seconds after they heard about the shootings.
There is not not one single surprise here, nothing new.
I saw no reason to "tune in" to confirm what I already knew, there's no reason for me to let any of them rent space in my head.
"Some people stand tall as great leaders because they elevate all the people around them, some seek to stand tall by pushing all around them down."