Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country — or what they should be.
The issue, really, is why so many white middle-American men view any effort to regulate firearms as an assault on their very identity – and thus fight sane and rational laws as if their lives and liberties were at stake.
The National Rifle Association’s willingness and facility with lying about anything that might reduce the slaughter of innocent people by being shot has always been striking. But rarely has a national organization turned its back so completely on its previous positions, ignored the clear and overwhelming sentiment of the American people in general and its own paying membership in particular, and been so willing to depart so totally from facts. Continue reading “Everything we see is perspective, not the truth.” -Marcus Aurelius→
“As the White House continues its push to gain public support for stronger gun laws, Vice President Joe Biden today took his case to Richmond, Va., where he consulted a handful of experts and public officials about how to reduce gun violence in America.
Speaking at Virginia Commonwealth University after an hours-long meeting with both federal officials and several people who served on a review panel following the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, Biden said he and his team were able to “quiz” those who had studied and learned from the Virginia Tech massacre, and emphasized a few points about which “there seemed to be a pretty broad consensus.” Among those points include a background check system that would more effectively prohibit certain people from owning a gun and increased access to mental health benefits,” reports Lucy Madison at CBS News.
…the heat over the original intent of the 2nd Amendment and its relevance to life in 21st Century America has not cooled. Public debate over guns, gun ownership and gun control, when it occurs, rarely approaches rational… Continue reading America: Armed and Dangerous→