“In a strange, dystopian press conference a week after the terrible murder of twenty-six people at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the N.R.A., lamented that some gun-control advocates “exploit tragedy for political gain.” Perhaps there’s a kernel of truth in LaPierre’s distorted vision of what it is we do. The gun issue is emotionally charged—and ripe for emotional appeals. It’s easy to make data-driven arguments for stronger gun laws built on statistical evidence; but that levelheaded approach has never been enough . . .
“Second Amendment advocates know this, too; they’ve developed a case with its own emotional weight, on which the core issue is not guns but freedom. It’s about liberty fought and died for two hundred and thirty years ago, and paid for with blood in fields in foreign lands ever since.
“Advocates for stronger gun laws would be unwise to diminish the deeply felt sense of history, culture, and liberty that for so many years has motivated millions to send thirty dollars a year to the N.R.A., call a member of Congress, hold a sign at a rally, or run for office.” – Former MAIG CEO Arkadi Gerney in Guns and My Mother [via newyorker.com]