The White House says this is not the right time to talk about gun control. Every time this happens, and it is happening with more frequency and more deadly consequences, it is “not the right time” to talk about gun control. Bullshit. Every time this happens is one time too many, and it is precisely the time Americans NEED to talk about gun control. Because llet’s face it, this is a uniquely American problem. And every time gun advocates come out ito stand and talk about their rights the rest of us should be asking, “at what cost?” And every time the government brushes it aside for fear of looking as though they’re politicising a tragedy, we should recognize that to a large extent all of this death and all of this carnage and all of this prideful, hateful “guns don’t kill people” rhetoric is problematically wrapped up in the need for Americans to cling to a misunderstood and disingenously-trumpeted constitutional amendment. If this isn’t the time to talk about gun control, then all of these deaths aren’t tragic at all, they’re just collateral damage.
(Dec 3, 2012)