It has been almost a year since we first saw the man in the dark suit lean into a podium, raise his right hand and swear, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
With the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shootings last week, I heard clips of National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre’s speech on Dec. 21, 2012, replayed as journalists and media personalities discussed why little has been done to curb gun violence over the past 12 months and why it may be even easier to obtain a firearm today than it was a year ago. And, as I listened, I found myself reflecting on the tenacity of LaPierre’s argument and wondering what was so compelling about his claim — why even some of us who do not agree found ourselves thinking reflexively the first time we heard it, “Yeeahh . . . wait NO!”
Taylor recently moved to Blacksburg from Miami, Florida, where she taught classes in epistemology and political science.