Monday, January 21, 2013

Another reading list about Guns

These are a bit Atlantic heavy but I find their writing not only informative but introspective as well.

I don't agree with them all the time--maybe just a little past half the time.  The numbers, methodology, and comprehensiveness are what I admire.

The rest of the articles demonstrate a fairly wide range of views and the many facets of this evolving discussion.  Also, the comments on some of these are priceless--for maybe not the most noble of reasons; there are some seriously stupid and vitriolic people on the internet and they aren't getting paid to do it.  Says something about us as a nation doesn't it?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323968304578246721614388346.html?mod=WSJ_hp_mostpop_read  -- The "broken windows" perspective

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/nra-board-newtown-bushmaster  -- Look less to the digs at the people on the board, and more at who is actually on the board.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/01/16/obama_gun_control_executive_orders_call_for_cdc_gun_violence_research_17.html -- the importance of science.

http://shanereactions.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/the-hysteria-over-obama-executive-orders/ -- A really well written piece about what the 23 "executive orders" really were and how they fit into traditional legal frameworks.

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/anson-kaye/2013/01/17/hannity-shapiro-and-the-politics-of-situational-patriotism?google_editors_picks=true -- The difficulty of listening to many (but not all) pundits.  With Hannity as the main fodder; which isn't to say there aren't plenty of Liberals who are guilty of the same.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/01/alex-jones-pitches-government-by-boxing-match/266920/  -- Oh Alex Jones.  If only to understand the rage that is echoing in the chambers of some of our most conservative corners of this nation.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/01/back-to-guns-kant-vs-saint-augustine/266855/ -- an intriguing discourse between two writers I admire greatly.

http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/12/gun-control-1 -- Why insurrection isn't much of an argument.  Also see Article I S8 of the Constitution and cross-reference with the 2nd Amendment.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/the-strangest-conservative-priority-prepping-a-2nd-amendment-solution/266711/  more on above

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-bader-dmh/guns-mental-health_b_2367324.html -- the problem with overtures about mental health with the "Matt Taibbi" liberal pundit twist.  Ditch the rhetoric and look to the facts.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/more-guns-less-crime-a-dialogue/266576/?google_editors_picks=true -- more dialogue.

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/the-surprisingly-tangled-politics-of-gun-safety-starring-wikipedia/266601/