This is a complete departure for this blog, but when two of my favourite writers asked me if I would be interested in hosting a debate about the controversial issue of gun control, I couldn't resist. These writers are Tara Fox Hall, author of the acclaimed Promise Me and Lash series, not to mention numerous excellent short stories in a variety of anthologies and Jenny Twist, loved for the wonderful Domingo's Angel, All in the Mind, her delightful new best-seller Away With the Fairies as well as a large number of equally brilliant short stories.
|Anti-gun sculpture at the U.N.|
As writers their styles are quite different, so it hardly comes as a surprise that their opinions about guns and the right to bear arms should also differ. Tara's natural acceptance of arms is evidenced in several of her stories, while Jenny's objections are highlighted largely (but not entirely) by the absence of weapons in hers. But their views are not quite as straightforward as that and in a short series of blog posts, both writers are going to explain their opinions and how these affect their writing.
The right of Americans to bear arms is a significant part of America's constitution and we all know that. But then increasingly we seem to hear of gun-related atrocities of such stunning proportions that rock not just America but the rest of the world. Britain is not exempt from such tragic events, of course, but the more rigid rules about gun ownership do make these senseless massacres somewhat rarer and usually on a smaller scale. But does that make the UK's laws right and America's wrong? Will President Obama's new gun-laws prove acceptable to a people whose history is rooted in the belief in their right to bear arms?
I don't know the answer, and I don't think my two guest writers claim to do so either, but over the next few days, I've offered my blog as their platform to air their opposing views in peaceful debate. I think it will be exciting and I hope readers will contribute their own opinions in this discussion. So watch this space because in just a few hours, Tara Fox Hall will start off the debate, hotly followed by Jenny Twist.