“Watts had begun a lesson in gun safety with an appeal to “a society that regards itself as moral and ethical.” But she became preoccupied with the NRA, calling for a “conversation” about gun safety and then concluding in the same sentence that “it’s also a conversation in which the gun lobby refuses to participate.”
I’m a gun owner. I can’t speak for the other estimated 70 million gun owners, but my gun lobby is me. And I’m not refusing to participate in a conversation…” – Courtland Milloy via Shifting focus to the human side of the gun debate – The Washington Post.
Courland Milloy doesn’t come off as unapologetically pro gun but, it’s a great deal better than I might have expected from most in his profession. I will say that I don’t think it’s an issue of not being willing to have a conversation. It’s that we’re not willing to have Watts, Bloomberg, or even Obama dictate terms rather than have an actual discussion. None of us cheer tragedy. But it’s a little hard to have a conversation when the other side always starts it, “It’s your fault and you shouldn’t have those rights.”