Must-Reads ...

Posted: Apr 19, 2008 3:12 PM
Over at the WSJ, Arthur Brooks sets the record straight about who gun owners are:

Who are all these gun owners? Are they the uneducated poor, left behind? It turns out they have the same level of formal education as nongun owners, on average. Furthermore, they earn 32% more per year than nonowners. Americans with guns are neither a small nor downtrodden group.

Nor are they "bitter." In 2006, 36% of gun owners said they were "very happy," while 9% were "not too happy." Meanwhile, only 30% of people without guns were very happy, and 16% were not too happy.
Also at the WSJ, former Cuban political prisoner Armando Valladares notes: "The Catholic church has a poor record on the Castro dictatorship."

And at the NYT, Bob Herbert makes this observation about the Clinton years:
The Democrats have become so psychologically battered by these many decades in the leadership wilderness that they consider the Clinton years, during which the president was impeached and they lost control of both houses of Congress, to have been a period of triumph.