Egan writes a sensible, concrete analysis of the crazy American gun debate. Egan is the author of The Worst Hard Time, a wonderful book about which I've been meaning to post a note for some time.
In the aftermath of one of these atrocities, nothing is more chilling than a gun advocate racing before a camera to embrace a lunatic’s right to carry and kill.If it was peanut butter or pistachio nuts taking down people by the dozens every week, we’d be all over it. Witness the recent recalls. But Glocks and AKs — can’t touch ‘em. So we’re awash in guns: 280 million.
Timothy Egan, "The Guns of Spring," New York Times, 8 April 2009.