This is an excellent segment, from Ezra Klein, MSNBC’s resident wonk:
In typical (and excellent) Klein fashion, he trots out tons of statistics, painting a picture that can only be described as depressing. Beyond the specific event that sparked this debate, the truly depressing thing, though, is that none of this information is new – it’s updated, of course – and the arguments for tighter gun-control have been outlined, detailed and explained ad infinitum and ad nauseam.
There is a fundamental crack in American politics and society, into which collective sense and intelligence appear to have fallen. Reason and rationalism have fled the building when it comes to firearms in the United States, and as a foreigner, the continuing spiral of violence and entrenchment on this issue is most depressing.