As Vice President Biden continues his work in an attempt to move the gun issue forward and the NRA continues its work to arm teachers, the country as a whole is advancing the topic in small and large ways. Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe once again this morning provided, at least to the largely liberal MSNBC audience, an example of a very conservative former politician who understands the realities of the issue in America today.
Meanwhile, Moose Bill McGee (bam) was on the Ed Show on MSNBC representing the position of parents who would rather not have armed teachers in their children's classrooms. Bill does a very Moosely job of respecting the other opinions but nonetheless providing well articulated reasons why armed teachers in classrooms is not a viable solution to gun violence. Bill's interview begins right at the 6-minute mark in the video below.
This issue is not going away, no matter what the NRA has to say about it. 85% of Americans today want to have universal background checks for gun purchases, 75% want restrictions on the size of magazines. Regardless of the mechanisms agreed to attempt to address the issue it seems apparent that the usual roadblocks to discourse are coming down.
What do you think, Moose and lurkers? Is this nothing more than the circular firing squad we are all so familiar with, where pies fly like (well, bullets) in any conversation anyone tries to have?
I don't think so.
Gun debates are something I have long ago chosen not to engage in, other than for sheer entertainment purposes. But this time is different. It isn't just Sandy Hook and Aurora and all the others. It isn't just the NRAs move to move away from its roots as a membership organization to become in recent years the official marketing arm of weapons manufacturers. There is something very different about the debate this time, and in part I think it is related to the fact that today so many hundreds of millions of Americans have access to so much more information and such a different way to share it.
This time I think there will be change, and I think it will come with overwhelming support from not only liberals but from the vast bulk of the middle and a surprising slice of the Right who represent not Doomsday Preppers but hunters and other gun owners.
[Update] Below is a fairly large section of the conversation on Morning Joe this Friday. A very good watch to see the problems the GOP has with this issue. In my opinion, Joe Scarborough's comments forecast the GOP we will see evolve in coming years. You can hold me to that later.