Question of the Day: Is There a Middle Ground for Gun Rights?


 NPR-affiliated radio station KOSU boldly proclaims that Craig Whitney’s Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment is “A Book To Break The Gun Control Stalemate.” Really? Reading the interview and the Amazon excerpt I get the distinct impression that “breaking the stalemate” doesn’t mean what the former NYT Moscow bureau chief thinks it means. Or wants it to means. Like Adam Winkler (Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America), Whitney’s idea of breaking the stalemate is . . . gun control. “What I wanted to do was suggest that especially liberals, who are generally in favor of gun control, should say, ‘Now, look, we agree that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right, and it’s protected by the Second Amendment. Now let’s talk about ways to make it safer to have all these guns.’ That must be as much in the interest of gun owners as it is in the interest of people who fear gun violence.” Is there any room for negotiation on gun control? Should conservative gun rights advocates play ball with anti-gun liberals to “make society safer”?