Mockery isn’t fixing this.
As a supporter of stronger gun control, this New York Daily News cover and the related #GodIsn’tFixingThis Twitter storm make me wince. Only people who agree with me can pray for victims of gun violence?
In the story that inspired the cover, Rich Schapiro contrasts the responses of presidential candidates to the shootings in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead. Democrats called for stricter gun-control laws and the GOP candidates did not. “Instead,” Schapiro wrote, “the Republicans were preaching about prayer.”
He’s factually, if only narrowly, correct. In my opinion, Schapiro also is on right on policy: When mass shootings become, statistically, a daily occurrence, regulating the public’s access to guns is not only responsible, it's constitutional.
Political leaders who do nothing about this scourge must be held accountable. So why does the Daily News cover make me wince?
First, Republicans are doing more than praying. They’re not doing nearly enough, from my vantage point, but if we’re going to move beyond verbal wars and actually start fixing this problem, the first step is to acknowledge the other side’s point of view. Understand it. Respect it. Then exploit it.