Bender: Can we talk about guns?

Bender: Can we talk about guns?

Columns It’s become sadly predictable in America, home to 328 million souls and 393 million firearms, that within hours of a massacre, while thoughts and prayers are still echoes, social media is flooded with straw-man arguments like if liberals succeeded in taking all the guns, people would still be stabbed to death with butter knives. Can we talk about guns? Or is it too soon? After all, we’re not far removed from the last mass shooting. Must I waste precious space with the obligatory disclaimer that I’m a gun owner? That I was carrying a .22 out to the pasture to plunk gophers when I was in grade school? That my friends all had gun racks in their pickups? That I remember a classmate bringing a rifle to shop class so he could refinish the stock? I suppose I must. I also suppose this suggests that I’m a terrible liberal. Nah, not anymore than it suggests that all conservatives are whacked-out conspiracy theorists. It’s become sadly predictable in America, home to 328 million souls and 393 million firearms, that within hours of a massacre, while thoughts and prayers are still echoes, social media is flooded with straw-man arguments like if liberals succeeded in taking all the guns, people would still be stabbed to death with butter knives. And if we took away all the cars, people would still die on skateboards. ROB PORT: Left-wing activists at Fargo rally acknowledge the importance of gun rights Fact No. 1. No one […]

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