Point taken. I am upbraided. Let the accounting begin. First of all, I seemed to support the Senate's effort to tighten background checks on gun purchasers, but then I turned around and said "Laws can't fix what we have broken." Confusing. What I should have said was, "Laws alone can't fix what we have broken." Laws are an expression of our desire for cooperation, for the common good. They are never a cure in themselves and should not be thought so.
That brings me to mea culpa No. 2, which was to imply that we had the power to turn the tables on our gun-toting history without specifying how that was to be done. Specifically, I said:
There is no inevitability. There is only culture and culture can be changed.Yet again, an error of omission. The means to accomplish this momentous task seems obvious, but by not stating it outright, I left the door open for the black-and-white crowd, who believe any attempt to reduce gun violence will bring an ATF officer knocking at the door.