Accomplishing Actual Change

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Barrett says he understands the human need for action, and banning a weapon can feel like substantive progress. “But it’s also important to distinguish between symbolic gestures and the particular goal you’re trying to accomplish,” he says.

Barrett is a good spokesman to have out there, as someone who can get on lefty media, but speak a bit of common sense. I kind of view him similarly to Professor Adam Winkler. Only Barrett seems more on our side than on the side of gun control, but willing to take gun control arguments seriously, whereas Professor Winkler is flipped in that orientation. Nonetheless, neither seem to buy into the more dogmatic assertions from either side.

2 Responses to “Accomplishing Actual Change”

  1. Sigivald says:

    As Uncle put it, “Gun control is what you do instead of something”.

    (The even harder thing for people to grasp is that very often there literally isn’t anything that can be done that isn’t worse than nothing.)

  2. Chas says:

    I would bet that every school in Connecticut had an armed presence there today. Guns are the solution, not the problem. Government’s armed action is proof of that, though the politicians will lie to us and tell us that we are ignorant and mistaken. We can see what is going on. We’re not as easy to lie to as we used to be.