There have been a lot of articles written over the past few days on gun control and violence in America. Much of the dialogue has been unproductive and has intensified the divide between NRA supporters and people who advocate for more gun control. New York Times writers David Brooks and Gail Collins published a discussion between the two of them, and “What We Talk About When We Talk About Guns” is an example of what a productive dialogue can look like. Brooks is right: “This isn’t only an argument about politeness. The self-righteousness on both sides of the gun issue has totally ruined the prospects for good policy making. The gun control debate is no longer about guns.”
I am thankful that Brooks and Collins wrote such a relevant piece about the role of civil debate and gun politics, because we have forgotten how to have productive conversations and debates about guns. Now it is a question if we can learn from the horrible massacre in Aurora, listen to both sides, and create policies to keep people safe that all sides can agree on.