Gun Owners Are More Complicated Than We Sometimes Think

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This e-mail came in a few minutes ago, in reaction to my latest Bloomberg View piece on guns:

Hi,
Just read your article on gun control. I'm a gun owner and one could say I own a small arsenal . No, I'm not a member of the NRA and never will be. You see, I believe the gun debate needs to start with the 2nd Amendment and how it applies to us today. The NRA will never agree to it as Charles Heston said "over my dead body".  Our Constitution gives us the power to  amend it and we need to do it.Keep speaking up  on this issue as you have the pulpit to do it. In the mean time we need to ban Assault Rifles and high capacity Magazines.

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Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Author of the book Prisoners: A Story of Friendship and Terror, Goldberg also writes the magazine's advice column. More

Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, Goldberg was a Middle East correspondent, and the Washington correspondent, for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York magazine. He has also written for the Jewish Daily Forward, and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post.

His book Prisoners was hailed as one of the best books of 2006 by the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The Progressive, Washingtonian magazine, and Playboy. Goldberg rthe recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist; the Overseas Press Club award for best human-rights reporting; and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005's Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.

In 2001, Goldberg was appointed the Syrkin Fellow in Letters of the Jerusalem Foundation, and in 2002 he became a public-policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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