The debate over gun control has begun once again in the wake of the Newtown shootings. Craig Whitney is the author of "Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment." Craig considers himself a political liberal, but his beliefs concerning the right to bear arms are much more complicated.
Veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney reexamines America’s relationship with guns and looking at the ways guns are part of American culture. In Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment he makes the case that trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime and argues that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be as lethal as the left would like to think.
Apart from a question on assault weapons in the second presidential debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney rarely discussed gun rights or gun control in the 2012 campaign. Despite the lack of presidential rhetoric on the issue, the gun control and gun rights debate continues, especially in the wake of the Aurora shooting last July. Will conservatives and liberals ever find common ground on gun control? Author Craig R. Whitney says yes, and explains how in his new book, "Living with Guns: A Liberal's Case for the Second Amendment."