The gun control debate has taken a prominent place in the national political discussion over the last month following a year that saw several incidents of deadly gun violence, which many Americans have argued could have been prevented. Some on the Right have cited worries that high emotions following the horrific massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, could lead to reactionary and ultimately ineffective policy from the president and Democrats in Congress. Early reports from the task force on gun violence set up by President Obama in the wake of Newtown indicate that the White House is looking at plans that could take on a new, broad agenda on gun control.

Looking at this issue from an unorthodox position is Craig Whitney, a longtime editor, reporter and foreign correspondent at The New York Times, who recently published “Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment.” Whitney appeared on “Wilkow!” Monday to discuss gun control, gun rights, and bridging the gap between liberals and conservatives on this issue in order to create a safer society.