NYT Columnist Says A Standoff Over A Goose Can Teach Us A Lot About Guns
As Americans face off over President Barack The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof wants everyone to remember the saga of the gun and the goose.
In his column published yesterday, just make bad situations worse, regardless of the people involved.
To illustrate his point, Kristof tells the story of “good admirable, law-abiding people” who felt the need to draw guns over a goose.
From his column:
Take the time we gave a goose to a neighbor.
That goose would wander off to a different neighbor’s
He was probably just making a point, but, since he had a gun handy, he pulled it out and aimed it in the direction of the goose. Seeing this, the goose-owner (who had come to fetch his bird) saw the need to protect his property and pulled out his own gun. They faced off — over a goose!
This story, according to Kristof, “underscores the role that guns too often play in our society: an instrument not of protection but of escalation.”