A Liberal's Case for Guns

Monday, December 17, 2012

Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. Responders gather at the scene of a mass school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Whenever there is a mass shooting in America, whether in a school, a mall, or a temple, the debate over gun rights and gun control heats up. 

Author Craig Whitney is the author of "Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment." Craig considers himself a political liberal, but his beliefs concerning the right to bear arms are much more complicated.

"There may be as many as three and a half million of these so-called assault weapons in circulation, or available to be bought in the United States," Whitney notes. "The question really is, how do you keep weapons like that, or any kind of gun, out of the hands of people who should not have them?"

Guests:

Craig R. Whitney

Comments [6]

Patrick Kleppinger

One problem no one is talking about is that this was a stolen gun crime. Heres my point. if we can build cars that will only start when the owners key is in close proximity. then we can certainly build guns with a similar feature. guns that will only fire if in the hands of the owner. the owner will hold the key such as a micro chip imbedded in a ring, watch, or necklace. something small that can be worn by the owner at all times. by doing this we will take the stolen guns out of the hand of the ones who mean to do harm. My Heart goes out to thoes little kids. they made me cry today.
this measure alone would eliminate stolen gun crimes. No child could accidentally shoot themselves. Cops couldnt lose a gun in a scuffle and be shot by their own gun. PLEASE share with everyone. Gun control without losing our rights. OHH and we dont need assult rifels in this country Ban them.

Dec. 17 2012 07:16 PM
Roger from New York

The discussion about Newtown - on this show and in general - misses the central issue. Mass shootings are horrible and sickening, but they do not constitute even 1% of the killings with guns in America every year, which total 30,000 (plus 70,000 wounded) - not including wars. The core problem is not periodic mass murder or mental illness, but an obsession with guns in America. This goes to the very heart of who we are as a people. Until we find a way to deal with this cancer, the U.S. will continue to lead the world in private gun ownership and the associated gun violence.

Dec. 17 2012 04:11 PM
M A Galbraith from NYC

When discussion of mental health costs were discussed in this program, why did no one mention that the Lanza family was, by media accounts, fairly well off financially. This does not seem a case of economic hardship in the treatment of Adam Lanza.

Dec. 17 2012 04:01 PM
Allen Morrison from New York, NY

After reading a report in today's NY Times, I have done a complete 180 on Newtown, Connecticut. The town is gun goon central for New England, headquarters of one of the nation's major gun promotion groups, and out of the local police department's control. It got what it deserved. So much for that quiet, quaint little town where such a thing could never happen. Now we know that it is exactly where such a thing was bound to happen.

Dec. 17 2012 03:54 PM
Diana

I think we need to have some teachers and administrators trained in self-defense and guns - ala Mossad, Air Marshal style
We don't sit quitely anymore with hijackers - why should administrators and teacher do it.

Enough cowering in the corner . . . give the shooter something to run from

Dec. 17 2012 03:36 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

3 and a half million assault weapons

Dec. 17 2012 01:58 PM

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