The article addresses a straw man.
Nobody, including Jason Whitlock or Bob Costa, blamed the gun. The Brady Campaign doesn't blame the gun. Everyone properly blames the perpetrators. What they assert, rightly or wrongly, is that easy access to guns makes it more opportune and physically easier to kill someone.
I'm sick of red herrings and straw men on these matters. At least bother to address the opponent's real argument.
Jeff, what a writer says depends very much on the perspective of the reader. You interpreted Sanchez's column a lot differently than did I.
Not having read all the commentary about this tragic event, I don't know what she was referring to when she said
"Ill-thought-out commentary erupted immediately after yet another murder of a woman at the hands of a man who once professed to love her. Too much of the surmising after the deaths of Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher cheats domestic violence of its power."
She never referred to Whitlock, Costas nor the Brady Campaign by name so I don't know whether she was referencing them or not. Maybe she read something that railed about gun control and maybe she didn't. But when she said . . .
"Domestic violence isn’t solely about one out-of-control argument taken to a deadly end because a gun was nearby. Domestic violence entails long-term manipulation, by fear, by force, by limiting a woman’s friends and connections. To attach blame on the gun, or the knife or whatever weapon helped cause an injury, unfairly obscures the hold that domestic violence has on America. And this is a death grip."
I think her point was that tragedy was attributable to a very real problem in American society — domestic violence — that occurs far too often, be it perpetrated via firearms, clubs or fists.
I don't what has led her to believe that too much emphasis in the publicity about this tragedy is being placed on the murder weapon, anymore than I know why you believe she is railing against a straw man.
But I do know this from years of reading Mary Sanchez's columns in the Star
. She certainly isn't railing against those who blame the weapon because she opposes gun control.
Mary Sanchez falls on the liberal side of the center and has written impassioned arguments in favor of gun control.
Maybe I am just so surprised to see her speak out against blaming the weapon in this sad example of domestic violence that I am not objective enough to see the straw man argument to which you refer.
I will consider your position if stated with firm, well-thought-out, quiet reasoning. Hateful diatribe, ad hominem attacks and shouted rhetoric don't impress.