Sadly, Blake Butler has left Local Edge Radio. Vonciel is holding down the fort. She asked me to co-host. I invited a couple of my friends to call in. I’m ecstatic that Greg Dworkin, pediatrician and Newtown, Connecticut resident, called in. We talked about gun violence. We talked about how gun violence is different in rural communities, where the violence is mainly suicides, versus urban communities, which suffer from homicide gun violence. One of the things that Greg stressed was that we need to begin to seriously address the problems with registration of guns. He mentioned that even cars are registered. Even if you buy a car from a private person, that car is registered by the state. Why can’t we do the same for guns? This is the question of gun control. We need to have a thoughtful, intelligent conversation that respects the rights of hunters and gun owners, yet recognizes that we have a problem. We need to write our senators. We need to keep the pressure on.
I would like to thank Greg Dworkin, MD for coming on Local Edge Radio on such short notice.
Greg Dworkin is one of the front page bloggers at the Daily Kos. He is also a physician and a friend of mine. He is also a Newtown, Ct resident. We discuss the need for gun control in this country. Yes, we need to talk about other factors, including metal health issues, but Newtown clearly revealed the need for gun control. Remember that the first victim of the Newtown shooting was a gun owner. She was shot with her own gun while she was sleeping. Having more guns isn’t the solution. If having more guns were the solution, then Nancy Lanza would be alive today. She had plenty.
But if anything has been learned since [the election], it’s that the president’s power in Washington remains severely constrained by a Republican opposition establishment that is bitter about its losses, unmoved by Mr. Obama’s victory and unwilling to compromise on social policy, economics or foreign affairs. House Republicans, in particular, argue that they won elections as well and they see their ability to retain control of the House as granting them the right to stick to their own views even when they clash strongly with the president’s.
So the Times is calling them bitter and uncompromising dead-enders? Accurate observation.