Last night a retired pro football player for the New Orleans Saints went to dinner with his wife and two friends. Will Smith was 34. They ate dinner at a restaurant where I have eaten, on Magazine Street in New Orleans. Then they got into their vehicles and drove away, Smith & his wife in their Mercedes SUV, their friends in the friends' Chevy.
A few minutes later, in the neighborhood known as the Lower Garden District, Smith's vehicle was rear-ended by a Hummer. The force of the collision propelled Smith's Mercedes forward into the rear of the Chevy. Smith got out of his vehicle, and the driver of the Hummer got out of his. Each man said some words. Then, the driver of the Hummer - a former high school football star - pulled a pistol and shot Smith several times. He fell and died. The driver of the Hummer also shot Smith's wife, twice in her legs. Hummer-man has been arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. His life is mostly over, and Smith's certainly is.
I recall that one of the first things police chiefs did when policing in cities took over from old-fashioned county sheriffs was to remove guns from within city limits ... in order to prevent arguments and fistfights from becoming killings. That is not America, anymore.