High-powered, semi-automatic guns are a household necessity, like milk and eggs and laundry detergent. That’s what the National Rifle Association wants us to believe. Don’t just own one military-grade weapon designed to kill humans on the battlefield. Buy two! Or three!

Blame it on Vaughn Stewart III. His dad, VSII, is Anniston’s mayor, the man elected three-plus years ago to keep the city from sinking further into oblivion. On Wednesday, the mayor told the world he didn’t want to be saddled with inexhaustable City Hall chores for another four years, so he’s sitting out the August election. Call that what it is: a bonafide shocker, not nearly like Nick Saban quitting Alabama, but a shocker nonetheless. He came to this “moment of clarity,” as he called it, after returning from his son’s wedding last weekend in Maryland.

WEAVER — Mike Allison, the principal at Weaver High School, isn’t a native of this place, as if that really matters. He’s an Army brat, a son of a career military man who moved his family here after retiring from Fort McClellan. Allison was in sixth grade. But mention this small city and his…