In the Sunday paper, we have a rather large story, with photo, on President Obama and what he claims is his strong interest in skeet shooting.
The White House released the photo apparently to dispel a rumor that the president had never actually used a firearm. The story, complete with a skeet shooting expert's critique of Obama's form, quotes the president as saying he's a regular shotgun user at Camp David.
All of this came about because the press had asked Obama, who as you know recently requested of Congress a new gun control package, if he had ever shot a gun.
The president, the story said, "admitted" he had.
Admitted? What's wrong with having fired a gun, or firing one all the time, as long as it's done safely?
And while this is all sort of interesting, it's pretty much beside the main point, which is that no one likes to see innocent people, especially children, killed by firearms or anything else, so what can maybe be reasonably done to have that happen to fewer of them?
The best part of the story, really, was Obama saying that gun-control advocates needed to do a better job of listening sometimes. He's right; they do.
The same, of course, can be said for some of their most enthusiastic opponents.
When we stop listening, we stop learning. When we stop learning, we stop living.
It's pretty much that simple.