Craig R. Whitney spent his entire professional career as a reporter, foreign correspondent, and editor at The New York Times, where he was assistant managing editor in charge of standards and ethics when he retired in 2009. Before that he was the night editor from 2000 to 2006.
He started working at The Times in 1965 as an assistant to James Reston in the Washington Bureau, after working part-time for two years at The Worcester Telegram in Worcester, Mass.
After the Senate’s April 17 defeat of legislation to ban new sales of semi-automatic “assault” rifles like the one used in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown last December, Americans will just have to keep living with these and hundreds of other millions of guns.
In Living With Guns, veteran New York Times editor Craig Whitney carefully reexamines America’s relationship with guns, showing how guns are an important part of American culture. The earliest colonists needed them to survive. We have nearly 300 million of them today. Trying to restrict gun ownership doesn’t effectively deter crime—we need to get serious about what actually works. Whitney shows that, if we focus on controlling violence rather than guns themselves, the Second Amendment may not be so lethal as the left would like to think.