When we miss the point entirely we miss other things too.
The random killing last week on a San Francisco pier is so soaked in political agenda that neither side of the irrelevant arguments about immigration and sanctuary rules can see that better implementation of existing laws could have prevented this one.
But, of course, this is San Francisco. Instead of pulling back and taking a hard look at policies, the true believers doubled down. Nothing wrong with the way the sanctuary law was enforced, they said. This is simply a case of a disturbed, irrational individual, with no record of violence, who went off the rails.
Which has the troubling ring of what pro-gun advocates are saying about the church shootings in South Carolina. Although the country is awash in guns, there’s no problem with the laws. It was just this single, crazed young gunman, Dylann Roof, with a drug record but no history of violence (just like Lopez-Sanchez), on a mission of hate. Nothing you can do about that.