The most significant development won’t be a nationwide swing toward
gun rights or gun control—but a widening and entrenched gulf that will
divide Americans politically, socially and even technologically.
Gun-control initiatives will follow the approach blazed by the gun
lobby, shifting away from the national stage and focusing increasingly
on state-level efforts in places like California, Colorado, Connecticut
and Washington. With the gun debate focused on state-level politics,
high-profile shootings will exacerbate the division between these two
Americas: in restrictive states, a demand for more laws; in permissive
states, a demand for more guns.