Membership
Get unlimited digital access. Try it today for only $0.99.
Topics

Firearms

'Culture bundling' and other obstacles to a real gun control debate

'Culture bundling' and other obstacles to a real gun control debate

I enjoy unproductive talk. Bloviating, berating, snarking and swearing about politics are all pleasures, and not even particularly guilty ones. Most of the time, I remember that my self-indulgence doesn't accomplish much. It pleases me, it entertains like-minded people and it reaffirms whatever my “team” already believes. But it doesn't persuade. It neither seeks nor finds common ground.

Much of our modern American dialogue about gun rights and gun control is like that. We yell, we signal to the like-minded, we circle our wagons, we take shots at opponents.

Imagine that we wanted to have a productive conversation. Imagine that we wanted to identify our...

Loading
80°