I really liked Anthony Bourdain’s little gun missive here, namely this part:
I may be a New York lefty—with all the experiences, prejudices and attitudes that one would expect to come along with that, but I do NOT believe that we will reduce gun violence—or reach any kind of consensus—by shrieking at each other. Gun owners—the vast majority of them I have met—are NOT idiots. They are NOT psychos. They are not even necessarily Republican (New Mexico, by the way, is a Blue State). They are not hicks, right wing “nuts” or necessarily violent by nature. And if “we” have any hope of ever changing anything in this country in the cause of reason—and the safety of our children—we should stop talking about a significant part of our population as if they were lesser, stupider or crazier than we are.
But then he goes on to label Wayne LaPierre a “batshit absolutist”, which is clearly wrong. I mean, the President of the US and Wayne agree on school safety. If you want a “batshit absolutist”, that’s the wrong tree to bark up. But otherwise, right on.