Jane Austen at the Gun Show

Jane Austen at the Gun Show


From Newtown, Connecticut, to Roseburg, Oregon, from sea to shining sea, under beautiful-for-spacious skies, President Obama recently channeled his inner Pink Floyd. He remarked that Americans, American culture and American politics have become comfortably numb to gun violence and the public discourse about it.

Then, in one sentence, the Victorian novelist Jane Austen suddenly appeared, holding together sense (reason; levelheadedness; the common good) with sensibility (belief; private convictions; political passions).

If we don’t [want a society in which mass shootings are routine], and I believe that most of us don’t, then we have to start thinking about ways to not only keep guns out of the wrong hands, but also about how we slow or reverse the proliferation of guns.
— Charles M. Blow, New York Times columnist


Let's Be Honest

Let's Be Honest

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