In part our guns problem is an alcohol problem. According to Mark Kleiman, half the people in prison were drinking when they did whatever they did. Admittedly the direction of causality is murky but theory points in some rather obvious directions. Our car crash problem – which kills many thousands of Americans each year — is also in significant part an alcohol problem. There are connections between alcohol and wife-beating and numerous other social ills, including health issues of course. It worries me when people focus on “guns” and do not accord an equivalent or indeed greater status to “alcohol” as a social problem.