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Even after Newtown, the pro-reform Left runs out of gas on guns.

MAIGpresserOn June 24 I had the pleasure of attending a public discussion on guns featuring Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut. John Feinblatt, senior advisor to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the man behind the curtain at Mayors Against Illegal Guns, was his sidekick. Though both men demonstrated their copious passion and knowledge of the issues and hurdles facing gun reform, their words inspired a disappointingly hollow confidence—a sense of fighting the good fight without an appraisal of the likelihood of progress. Keep reading →

Reframe the Guns Debate

guns2On Thursday of this past week, Reid Wilson of theNational Journal wrote an article decrying the lack of a national conversation on guns. My own most recent column discussed the same issue. Articles like those are necessary to highlight a major shortcoming of our society: Americans are not sufficiently moved by tragedies like that in Newtown, Connecticut, to press for real change. The vitriol directed at Wilson’s column—written a day before Friday’s shooting of elementary school children—focused on a mythical grand plan by liberals to destroy the Constitution, starting with the second amendment. When Jason Whitlock wrote an excellent and impassioned article in the wake of an NFL player’s murder-suicide two weeks ago, gun lovers responded with a collective, “Shut up, sports journalist.” Keep reading →

Deadly Silence

gunsIn the town hall-style presidential debate, Mitt Romney claimed it is “illegal in this country to have automatic weapons.” Neither candidate made a claim farther from the truth all night. It is very much legal to own automatic weapons—both semi- and fully automatic— and their ammunition, much like the arsenal that murdered moviegoers in Aurora, Colorado this summer.

What Romney’s statement and the absence of any challenge to it by President Barack Obama demonstrate is a crystallization of America’s gun control dilemma. America utterly lacks the interest and capacity for a national conversation about guns, let alone for progressive reform. Keep reading →