Bill Moyers: “Why Have We Stopped Talking About Guns?”
The murders of George Tiller, Holocaust Museum security guard Stephen T. Johns, and Little Rock army recruiter William Long have generated much talk about hate talk. But what about guns?
We’re arming ourselves to death. Even as gunshots ricocheted around the country, an amendment allowing concealed weapons in national parks snuck into the popular credit card reform bill. Another victory for the gun lobby, to sounds of silence from the White House.
The fact is, neither party will stand up to the National Rifle Association, the best known front group for the arms merchants. In Virginia, just across the Potomac River from the Holocaust Museum, this week’s Democratic primary for governor was won by state legislator R. Creigh Deeds, a man who supports allowing concealed weapons in restaurants that serve alcohol and opposes limiting handgun purchases to one a month.
Moyer and Michael Winship conclude by pointing out that there are 200 million privately owned firearms in America 30,000 gun deaths a year, and 400,000 non-fatal gun-related assaults. They are correct when they say guns don’t kill people, people kill people – with guns.Click here for reuse options!
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