David Brooks Dragged for Column Urging ‘Respect to Gun Owners’

The (sort of) conservative New York Times columnist’s latest is once again the target of scorn

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David Brooks has done it again.

The (sort of) conservative columnist for the New York Times was criticized Tuesday for his latest column that asserted that the road to solving America’s gun violence problem ran through red states and that showing proper “respect” to gun owners was essential.

“So if you want to stop school shootings it’s not enough just to vent and march. It’s necessary to let people from Red America lead the way, and to show respect to gun owners at all points,” said Brooks in his piece, “Respect First, Then Gun Control.” “There has to be trust and respect first. Then we can strike a compromise on guns as guns, and not some sacred cross in the culture war.”

Brooks’ pandering to gun owners just days after 17 people were gunned down in a Florida high school didn’t sit well with the internet, with the columnist being the subject of Twitter condemnation for this opinion.



This is not the first time David Brooks has trended on Twitter. In another column, Brooks suggested that his non-college educated friend was too dumb to understand her surroundings in a gourmet sandwich shop.

“Recently I took a friend with only a high school degree to lunch. Insensitively, I led her into a gourmet sandwich shop. Suddenly I saw her face freeze up as she was confronted with sandwiches named “Padrino” and “Pomodoro” and ingredients like soppressata, capicollo and a striata baguette,” wrote Brooks in this piece last July “I quickly asked her if she wanted to go somewhere else and she anxiously nodded yes and we ate Mexican.”