Across this country, in state legislatures and in Congress, at school board meetings and around kitchen tables, the debate about gun control, the meaning of the Second Amendment, the balance between personal freedom and public safety…continues. And pops up in some unexpected places, sometimes set against an unlikely background.
Earlier this week, two videos arrived in my email inbox just minutes apart.
One, from the rap star Snoop Lion, formerly known as Snoop Dogg who, in that earlier incarnation, sold millions of records often within the gangsta rap genre. Not any more. He is now on a mission of “peace and positivity” as he explains in this GQ interview. His latest release is called “No Guns Allowed.” Here’s the video:
Meanwhile, the other video (clip) and story came from a variety of sources about Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert’s remarks conflating gun control with gay marriage and bestiality. Here’s the story at Politico. And here’s the video clip, from remarks made by Rep. Gohmert at a Tea Party conference:
To my ears, the rapper makes a more straightforward and compelling case than the representative. Yes, there are gun control advocates who have failed to make a strong clear case for their position, but Gohmert has really tied his logic knickers in knots with this one.
Okay, take aim at me, but go easy.