In the posturing and deliberations over Obama’s comment about the comforts of guns ‘n religion during his last trip to California, a pocket of politicians happily descend with hair-trigger atavism into the cozy ruts of medieval thought…
I found my notes from Obama’s recent talk in Silicon Valley, at the home of Sara & Sohaib Abbasi, CEO of Informatica:
Q&A about the “third war” – young people killing each other on the urban streets:
We need sensible gun laws. I just got back from Montana where just about everyone has guns. In that culture, fathers and sons bond over hunting. You can’t take that away from rural America. But the inner city is different, and we should tighten the laws on gun purchases and close the loopholes in gun show sales to unscrupulous buyers. The gun control people and the right to bear arms people are talking past each other about disconnected topics.
The other problem is that many 10-year old brown and black kids are not relevant to the economy. They know they are irrelevant, and they don’t react well to it. They turn to the drug trade and violence.