In particular, I want to celebrate "Sons of Anarchy," FX network's bloodthirsty and brilliant drama series about a motorcycle gang. (It airs Tuesday at 10 p.m. Est.)
Now I don't make a habit of championing violence, even make-believe violence on my TV screen. On the contrary, I count myself among those viewers who stew about the excess of violence on TV. Almost every scripted drama, it seems, habitually embraces violence in its storytelling.
And more to the point, gun violence. With TV drama, guns are standard issue, a staple of the storytelling lexicon. (How many, or rather how few, TV dramas you can name where guns aren't part of the act?)
Debates about TV violence have raged since TV began and usually go nowhere, bogging down in a jumble of the First and Second Amendments. That is, viewers