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What A Christmas Story can teach us about gun control

Almost a year to the date of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and we are faced with another school shooting, this one at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado. The details, at this point, are still hazy, but one thing remains clear: we desperately need to have a sensible, real discussion about gun control.

Of course, those already convinced otherwise, those so-called defenders of the Second Amendment, will scream: the solution is not less guns, but more—arm teachers if you have to! Arm everyone! The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

There’s plenty wrong with this logic, and I think A Christmas Story has something to say about it. Yes, that A Christmas Story, Bob Clark’s now classic light-hearted, nostalgic take on the holiday season that is virtually ubiquitous on cable from Thanksgiving up to the New Year. Let me explain.

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