After reading Heather Martens’ challenge in the Strib yesterday, I wrote this letter to the Editor.
And since there’s not a chance in hell the Strib will ever print it, I’ll run it here, too:
In her October 19 reply to DJ Tice’s October 11 editorial, Heather Martens says that the Star/Tribune should “do their homework, force the gun lobby and its friends to defend their indefensible opposition to important new policies”
On behalf of my many friends and colleagues in the Second Amendment human rights movement, I accept the challenge! I urge the Star/Tribune to set up a debate between Ms. Martens and her colleagues and members of the “gun lobby”, on neutral ground, on camera and on the record, with mutually-agreed-upon rules.
As Ms. Martens notes, it would be an essential act of journalism, and it’d part of that “conversation about guns” that everyone is always asking for.
If not us (and Ms. Martens), who? If not now, when?
I welcome this paper’s initiative in helping get this vital debate organized.
Please contact me; I’ll be happy to help set things up.
What the heck – it was worth a try, for laughs.