In the Comments, Bantam juxtaposed a couple of recent articles, so I`ll run with his lead.
First, President Barack Obama penned an Op-Ed for the Arizona Daily Star
calling for a calm, rational discussion of the need for more gun control:
President Obama: We must seek agreement on gun reforms
by Barack Obama
It`s been more than two months since the tragedy in Tucson stunned the nation. It was a moment when we came together as one people to mourn and to pray for those we lost. And in the attack`s turbulent wake, Americans by and large rightly refrained from finger-pointing, assigning blame or playing politics with other people`s pain.
But one clear and terrible fact remains. A man our Army rejected as unfit for service; a man one of our colleges deemed too unstable for studies; a man apparently bent on violence, was able to walk into a store and buy a gun. ...
But since that day, we have lost perhaps another 2,000 members of our American family to gun violence. ...Â I know that every time we try to talk about guns, it can reinforce stark divides. People shout at one another, which makes it impossible to listen. ...Â I`m willing to bet that responsible, law-abiding gun owners agree that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few - dangerous criminals and fugitives, for example - from getting their hands on a gun in the first place.
In contrast, from today`s New York Times
WASHINGTON-The Obama administration is engaged in a fierce
debate over whether to supply weapons to the rebels in Libya ...