whylie8 months ago
I'm not moved that the people represented in this article identified themselves as liberals. And it's great that gun-related crimes have decreased, but the reality is that our country still takes the lead in gun-related deaths per capita, and incidents of mass shootings are on the rise. We have done nothing to address this trend, however. This is an embarrassing fact to contend with. I'm shocked that we're relegated to justifying uncontrolled gun ownership by comparing gun deaths to car accidents and drownings. Unlike swimming pools and automobiles, guns are weapons designed for the intent to kill. Not to mention, there are strict rules governing the use of automobiles (zero tolerance drinking and driving laws, for example) to control car accident rates. Yet we can’t seem to address gun-related mass murders in this country? Lastly, I don’t understand how one could compare the urgency to stop gun violence with the pro-life debate. Again, we’re dealing with the frightening trend of unpredictable mass civilian murders due to negligent and uncontrolled gun use. Clearly not the same as a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body. I appreciate that you are trying to understand the other side of the gun issue, and the history of gun-ownership and the idea of “freedom” in this country deserves sensitive consideration. However, this should be a no-brainer. We push for gun control not for the sake of our own selfish desire for power, but for our fundamental right to be protected under law from indiscriminate violence.