"This is a life-and-death issue, and one that must be confronted with level heads and sensible solutions."
All the evidence seems to suggest that more guns only make us more violent, yet many people in this country believe that guns make us safer. What do you think that says about us as a society?
Guns have been woven throughout American culture as an integral part of our ideas, from Hollywood to manhood. They’re tied to ideas of freedom, of self-reliance, of power. Guns are a primary influence of youth culture, in video games and movies and TV. They’re embedded in rural culture, urban culture. Guns are intimately tied to our American identity. And that makes the gun debate very political and complicated because everybody is filled with different deep convictions on each side of the argument. This is a life-and-death issue, and one that must be confronted with level heads and sensible solutions.