... Ladies and Gentlemen, Gail Collins of the New York Times.
Here's Ms. Collins writing about gun control legislation with respect to the Tucson shootings:
Giffords represents a pragmatic, interest-balancing form of politics that’s out of fashion. But, in that spirit, we should be able to find a way to accommodate the strong desire in many parts of the country for easy access to firearms with sane regulation of the kinds of weapons that make it easiest for crazy people to create mass slaughter. Most politicians won’t talk about it because they’re afraid of the N.R.A., whose agenda is driven by the people who sell guns and want the right to sell as many as possible.(italics, ours)
Condescension? Check. Patronizing? Check. Provincialism, or perhaps more accurately, reverse provincialism? Check.
After reading Collins' column, one gets the feeling that she may not even know anyone who owns a gun.
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