Nobody claims that Glenn Beck is responsible for killing people. Nobody thinks guns are inherently evil. But how can there be an honest national debate over gun violence if we cannot even acknowledge the connections between people who admonish us to become "armed and dangerous" and a citizen's decision to arm himself and kill?The guns, and the anger, are symptoms of a sick culture. Certainly, you can treat alcoholism by banning booze, but you haven't cured it until the alcoholic knows why he cannot -- must not -- have a drink, and has the spiritual and mental resources to enforce that decision.
(Also on Slate: excerpts of a new book about the Columbine killings.)