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Opening Arguments

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Guns don't kill people, the "gun culture" kills people:

Steve McNair apparently died not at the hands of his mistress in a murder-suicide but at the hands of the “gun culture” of America.  So decides sports writer Mike Lupica in the New York Daily News, who must have leapt to his typewriter within minutes of the wire services announcing McNair's death in order to indict millions of Americans who don't kill people but manage to own firearms responsibly.  In doing so, he martyrs a man who clearly had other issues than the national “gun culture”:

Lupica notes that McNair was Nashville's 36th homicide victim this year, "down from 41at the same time last year," which is considered progress "only in a country of gun lovers." His blogger critic, however, points out that 47 percent of murdered boyfriends are done in by knife compared with 45 percent by guns. Should we then be talking about a "knife culture," and is that better than a gun culture? The only real lesson here is the "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" lesson: If you walk on the wild side, you might get more than


Bob G.
Mon, 07/06/2009 - 1:09pm

Looking For Mr Goodbar...
aka the "table-lamp culture"?

It's NEVER about the "instrument of death".
That could wind up being ANYTHING.

It's ALWAYS about PEOPLE...never forget that.
(wish HELMKE & Mr. LUPICA could see that)

Spot on, Leo!