While we’re discussing elephants and tragedy, I’d urge anybody who hasn’t read George Orwell’s masterly essay, “Shooting an Elephant,” to do so. A different subject than Matt Scully addressed, certainly, but no less heartbreaking. The first time I finished it, I had to sit down for a while.
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More