SCENE: Mitch BERG is hacking down shrubbery for the spring. Avery LIBRELLE, walking past, hears the chainsaw and walks around the front of BERG’s house.
BERG: Er, hey, Avery. Kinda busy here…
LIBRELLE: The US has more guns than any country in the world, and the highest death rate.
BERG: As you can see here… (produces a chart from his back pocket) …
…while per-capita civilian gun ownership is high – and has gotten higher since the data in that chart – our gun homicide rate is actually down the list a ways.
LIBRELLE: Hah! To laugh! Most of those countries with higher murder rates aren’t industrial?
LIBRELLE: Do I need to speak slowly? They a r e n ‘ t i n d u s t r i a l.
BERG: No, I got that. So what? Is the life of a brown or black person, or a subsistence farmer, worth less than the life of a white middle class liberal American?
LIBRELLE: Why, no!
BERG: Then why do we not count their deaths the same?
LIBRELLE: Do you have any arugula?