Steve Hochstadt: Below the surface of public statements about gun legislation, the NRA sells its members a disturbing critique of our society.
Anastasia Bernoulli: “Responsible owner” is an arbitrary term like “good driver”. It means something completely different to each person, and we have no unified standard available to the average person for any of it.
Michael Hertz: I went to the Martin Luther King March, the Women’s March, the National School Walkout, and now the March for Our Lives. I haven’t seen as much motivation in the populace since the Vietnam War.
Robert Koehler: If the slaughter of innocent people can be folded so neatly into a phrase, “mass shooting,” allowing us to categorize one, then another, then another act of senseless carnage and file it away as recent history, then move on with our lives, might that not be a serious cause of the nothing-we-can-do-about-it syndrome gripping America?
W.D. Ehrhart: The day after the Florida bill was signed, I woke up to discover that the National Rifle Association has filed a federal lawsuit blocking this new law because, says the NRA, it violates the 2nd Amendment by punishing law-abiding citizens for the actions of a few deranged whackos.
Michael Hertz: Machine Gun America, backed by the NRA, would fight the effort tooth and nail, but at this moment in our history our country is ready for this. After all, at one time we did have a law that banned automatic weapons.
Lydia Howell: Police regularly roust Black youth for walking down the street wearing a hoodie or make absurd “lurking” charges for waiting at a bus stop. A white youth’s actual violent crimes merited no police action.
Bill Sims: We were told that in the Korean War a shockingly low percentage of soldiers fired their rifles in combat and that the M-16 was designed specifically to solve this problem as well as being light and easy to carry by small people.
RJ Eskow: Marco Rubio is living proof of Upton Sinclair’s observation that “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.”
Dan Embree: The shootings in Parkland (like all such shootings, from Sandy Hook to Las Vegas) will send gun sales climbing as frightened citizens rush to protect themselves and will send gun stocks soaring as smug investors see opportunities to profit from the dead kids.
WJ Astore: This sacralization of the gun, its elevation as a totem of strength and virility, its hugely symbolic presence in American life, is an important reason why gun control efforts largely fail, even in the aftermath of horrendous mass shootings.
Dan Embree: We concluded that all killings with guns, if not committed by Muslims or minorities, were mental health problems. And you can’t predict what crazy people do.
hy, despite their popularity in polls, and their numerical advantage, do gun control advocates consistently lose on the federal level and in many states? In a recent New York Times opinion piece Hahrie Han, a professor of political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argues that gun control organizations have to learn strategy and […]