Talking Past Each Other on Gun Control

Signs at a gun-control rally in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., February 17, 2018. For all the coverage and discussion sparked by the Parkland shooting, the two sides of the debate have retreated to their respective corners. Parkland happened. Again, America watched in horror as children fled from a murderous school rampage. Immediately, the usual fingers were pointed at the usual suspects. The media coverage was wall-to-wall. But what followed was different from the aftermath of other school shootings. A national town hall was scheduled, a day of protest drew hundreds of thousands around the country, and calls for gun-control filled the airwaves. Kids took the lead, at least in the eyes of the general public. A movement seemed poised to effect change. More than two months down the road, one wonders if that change has really materialized. It seems more likely to me that, despite relentless media coverage of Parkland’s […]

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