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Benedict LaRosa is a historian and writer with undergraduate and graduate degrees in history from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Duke University, respectively.

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Brady Wrong on Automatic Weapons

During the campaign season, James Brady, former press secretary to President Ronald Reagan, criticized Illinois Republican senatorial candidate Alan Keyes for defending the right of Americans to keep and bear arms, ...

An Unintended Consequence of Gun Control

Gun control laws, like all ill-advised measures, have unintended, often unfortunate, consequences. This is especially true in the post–9/11 environment. Recently, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge ...

Can Gun Control Reduce Crime? Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 What about the experience of other countries? In 1997, just 12 months after a new gun law went into effect in Australia, homicides jumped 3.2 percent, armed robberies 44 percent, and assaults 8.6 percent. ...

Can Gun Control Reduce Crime? Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 In the wake of the shootings at Columbine High School in April 1999 and other schools across the country, there has been a chorus calling for more gun-control measures to prevent similar incidents and ...

The Second Amendment Protects an Individual Right

THERE IS A popular misconception that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution refers to a collective right rather than an individual right. Both history and reason argue against this misinterpretation. The ...

Gun Control: A Historical Perspective, Part 2

Part 1 | Part 2 Let's look at a few recent examples in history of armed and disarmed populaces. A shining example of the former is Switzerland. Like America, Switzerland won ...

Gun Control: A Historical Perspective, Part 1

Part 1 | Part 2 Gun control is an issue which never stands on its own. By this I mean that the motives behind it are rarely those expressed by its advocates. There is almost ...
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