The problem with the debate on guns is that one side has a lot of guns and likes to use them. The poison-laced letters recently sent to President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg are only the latest example in the on-going assault: “If you take my guns, you…will get shot in the face.” Actually, the truth is there is no debate. A debate involves structure and logic, not threats and yelling, “It is my god-given right!” (It isn’t.) The irony of their argument – do I even need to point this out? – is that it’s the gun owners themselves who are getting killed.
4,362 gun-related deaths since the massacre in Newtown. 4,362 people. Dead. How many hundreds of thousands to come? The lobbyists and legislators have to realize that for a society to survive, the violence must be taken out of the argument. Don’t they?