Progressives’ Misguided Sentiment on Guns
In the wake of the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, the New York Times ran their first Page One editorial in nearly a century, calling for an end to the “gun epidemic” in America. “It is a moral outrage and national disgrace,” the editorial board wrote, “that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.” A brief overview of other op-eds currently trending on the Times’ website reveals a chorus of echoes to this sentiment. “Enough is enough.” “Republicans should be ashamed of themselves.” “Conservatives can keep their thoughts and prayers and give up their guns if they are serious about this problem.” Etc.
Interestingly, the authors almost immediately acknowledge in their editorial that strict gun control laws are not a failsafe approach to stopping gun violence:
Opponents of gun control are saying, as they do after every killing, that no law can unfailingly forestall a specific criminal. That is true. They are talking, many with sincerity, about the constitutional challenges to effective gun regulation. Those challenges exist. They point out that determined killers obtained weapons illegally in places like France, England and Norway that have strict gun laws. Yes, they did. But at least those countries are trying.(http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/05/opinion/end-the-gun-epidemic-in-america.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-top-region®ion=opinion-c-col-top-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-top-region&_r=1)