I look forward to the Missourian online issue on Wednesdays, not because my column is published but to read Karl Miller’s thoughts. And though we usually do not agree on issues, I honor his opinions. This includes his essay this week.
We differ on our views of gun control and I accept that. In fact, both of our columns reflect our opposing positions. I strongly invite our readers to take in both.
Responding to the criticism of the NRA, J. Karl Miller’s Wednesday column is well written but might not fit the mainstream thoughts of the American public. This same morning, Republican strategist and CBS News political analyst Frank Luntz talked specifically about this “disconnect” of both parties on our two major issues — the fiscal cliff and gun control.
Before you decide that Karl or I are working with the devil because of our stances, I invite you to listen to the usually conservative Luntz. He starts with the fiscal cliff and at 2:20 speaks to gun control. He begins his conversation with, “Well, I’m not sure either side is watching very carefully and listening to what the American people think.”
Luntz reinforces two things on which Karl and I can agree: 1) that the average American is more worried about gun violence than the fiscal cliff, and 2) the American electorate is part of the problem, after all, we voted to keep a dysfunctional government.
I enjoy when Karl and I take on the same issue from our unique political and social understandings. Now it is your turn to comment with a caveat — no name calling and no demonizing either of us. Along with every other citizen essayist at the Missourian and throughout the U.S., we are advancing our patriotic duty by starting the conversations.