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 […]
Jaime O’Neill: Our odds of getting shot, or of our kids getting shot make venturing out into world a very dicey bet. But what are the odds of finding a “well-regulated militia” in this country? Or a slave revolt?
Dick Price: Too regularly, a particular shooting will rise above the noise, catching our attention because of who got shot or how many were killed or, increasingly, if some part of the carnage was captured on film.
Ernest Canning: The scourge of gun-related mass murder in this country cannot be resolved by either counterterrorism or by the expansion of gun ownership.
Robert Koehler: The right to bear arms, especially as it has come to be interpreted — the right to own an assault rifle, the right to carry a gun pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the right to kill your enemy — is something far, far more than an isolated, individual freedom.
Tom Hastings: I believe in regulating those things that prove they harm others. No one should be free to harm others—that is not freedom, it is unwarranted arrogated license. The freedom of your hands stops where my nose begins, as they say.
Laura Finley: Don’t want to get raped? Carry a gun, or it’s your own fault. The best way to prevent an active shooter situation? Everyone pack heat. Campus Carry
Gun Safety regulations have been made nearly impossible for reasons that have nothing to do with the reality of public safety, but everything to do with partisan politics
Walter Brasch: About 2,700 children are killed every year from gunshot violence; about 60 percent of them are homicides, the rest are suicides or unintentional deaths.
Walter Brasch: Several former NRA presidents and board members in a delusional descent into paranoia, have said the NRA and gun-toting Americans are what keep the federal government from invading the states and seizing authority.
Walter G. Moss: How many more tragedies will families have to suffer before Congress, Democrats and Republicans, put ideological biases aside and do what they are paid to do—legislate for the common good?