The St. Louis Business Journal recently asked its readers: "Given the Arizona shootings, will you stop attending political rallies?"
As the sponsor of a weekly poll on my own website, I am not unfamiliar with dumb questions. My writers are the regional experts at writing dumb questions. But, the Biz Journal's question raises and misses an important point. What needs to change after these shootings?
The shootings in Arizona ' by a young man whose prior odd behavior and habits had triggered the strongest un-aggregated concerns among his neighbors, classmates, teachers, campus security, police departments, and an Army recruiting office ' suggest questions about how he was able to purchase a handgun, an extended capacity magazine, and ammunition and carry them legally. And they suggest questions about the security we provide public officials and the poisonous rhetoric that seems to have overpowered political speech.
What they really do not readily bring to mind is a question about political rallies, particularly since the event at which this tragedy occurred wasn't political and it wasn't a rally.
This isn't a big deal, but I don't want us miss a chance to ask some of the right questions, too.
For the record, I always take the Business Journal's polls. I know they take mine.