It was the ultimate paradox last week when a gun control activist was arrested for possession of an illegal firearm.
After her son was shot dead nearly three years ago, according to the State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., Annette Stevens became active in the anti-gun Million Mom March's Springfield chapter.
There has been a series of drive-by shootings in Stevens' neighborhood lately, the newspaper reports and police, acting on information that she had close connections with one of the feuding groups believed responsible obtained a warrant to search her house. Inside, they found a handgun with its serial number scratched off.
Stevens says the gun belonged to her dead son and, once she found it, she never got around to disposing of it.
But if guns are as dangerous in the hands of others as her organization believes, it seems odd that she was so indifferent about having one in her own house.
A more rational explanation, assuming her innocence, would be that Stevens with her son in his grave and bullets flying in her neighborhood simply wanted a fighting chance to protect herself, in case there was a problem and the police couldn't get there in time.
If that were the case, a lot of people would understand and sympathize with her.
Reality sometimes is incompatible with idealism.
The Florida Times-Union (Jacksonville, Fla.)
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