In a frenzy of disgust over his dissolute father, Ivan Karamazov cries out, "Why is such a man alive?" Poor Ivan wrestled and sweated over the problem of evil in the world. It's hard not to get a little Ivan-ish when we read the headlines lately. Sometimes it's not even human evil that makes us writhe in mental anguish. Sometimes it's human stupidity.
Take, for instance, this story from Illinois: School officials are no fan of gun ban signs. It explains that schools and other buildings statewide will begin displaying signs that designate an area where no guns are allowed. The sign shows a silhouette of a gun inside the standard "prohibition sign" -- a red circle, with a diagonal...READ MORE