For Inner Cities, a Challenge Beyond the N.R.A. on Gun Control

Publication Date: 
October 2015
The Opinion Pages, The New York Times, October, 2015.


The alienation our society has experienced over the past half century of economic and social upheaval has caused many to lose their bearings, even their sense of right and wrong. This reveals itself with distressing regularity when a deranged young man with a high-capacity gun expresses his rage by murdering people at a community college in Oregon, at a grade school in Connecticut, at a church in South Carolina, at a movie theater in Colorado or at a shopping center in Arizona.