As our conceal and carry law is challenged in various state courts, the arguments for easier access to handguns resurface. Here in Minnesota, as in other states, conceal and carry advocates believe that more guns in the hands of more citizens will make our state a safer place. If that’s true, then it stands to reason that more nuclear weapons in the hands of more countries should make the world a safer place. Even our pro-gun, “shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later” administration understands this is an absurd notion, as do most people over the age of five. Meeting violence with more violence or the threat of violence is a strategy, but it is not a solution. We need to stop looking to the Old West as our model for society and to fear as the stimulus for public policy. Our children are counting on it.