A conversation about gun crime must start with entertaining the idea of gun control
Jon Stewart is the latest talk show host to urge for an honest and open conversation on gun violence. It cannot begin if Americans are constantly side-stepping the issue of the possibility of gun control, he says.Check out the two videos embedded below, taken from The Daily Show, on the issue of gun control and how Americans are yet to do anything to curb the number of horrible killings of recent years.
At least, that’s how Stewart sees it. He describes his fellow Americans as “a nation of over-reacters to everything” who, oddly enough, blatantly refuse even to acknowledge the serious gun related problem they’re dealing with.
“We can dance around the issue all we want. We can blame movies, or video games, or the mentally ill, or God. It's a complex problem, and all solutions have to be on the table. But it is time we talk about guns,” he says.
He also believes that the US has a serious violence problem and that “technology has democratized carnage” but stresses that the problem is a many-fold one: you can’t blame only lax gun laws, because there are other factors as well that need considering.
Nevertheless, deflecting from the issue of guns to these factors won’t bring a solution to the problem any time soon.
Check out his argument below and let me know in the comments section below what you make of it.