Another liberals viewpoint on guns.
"A lot of our gun control measures are aimed at people who would obey the law and get the permits. How does keeping me or you from having a gun really control gun violence in Washington or New York City?" asks Craig R. Whitney in his new book, Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment.
From the earliest settlement at Jamestown to the present debate over assault weapons, America's history of gun rights and regulations has always been contentious. Beyond self-defense and the Second Amendment, the gun debate touches on issues of race, ethnicity, and mental illness. The clash of ideologies continues today, with the N.R.A. embarking on a fear campaign against a president who, so far, has done little to curtail the individual right to own a gun.
Craig R. Whitney was a reporter, foreign correspondent, bureau chief, and an editor at The New York Times before his retirement in 2009. Whitney recently sat down with Nick Gillespie of Reason.tv to discuss his latest book about gun control legislation and the individual right to bear arms.