Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mexican Reaction to the Gifford Shooting

Leo Zuckermann wrote a column titled "The defect of the United States", and focused on the country's permissive gun laws and ran down some of the terrible mass shootings in recent years.

You see knee-jerk dismissals and condemnations of US conservatism generally and gun laws specifically from lots of corners in Mexico, but it's worth noting that Leo Zuckermann is one of the most US-centric writers in the major newspapers. He has lived in the country, knows the politics well, and seems to try to understand it on its own terms, rather than using the US as a punching bag. Which is to say, in Zuckermann's case, the criticism is not really comparable to the jerk of a knee.

No comments: