Gun Control

Gun Control and the War on Drugs

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Many opponents of gun control support the war on drugs, and many critics and reformers of America's drug laws tend to believe in gun control. Conservatives tend to fall into the first category and liberals into the second. In reality, these two issues are more similar than many people might think. In both cases -- laws that restrict which guns people ... [click for more]

Brady Wrong on Automatic Weapons

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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, including machine guns. Brady called Keyes’s stand an “insane” call for a return to “the Al Capone ... [click for more]

A Reply to a Gun Control Critic

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From: C.H. To: fff@fff.org Sent: Saturday, November 06, 2004 3:29 AM Subject: gun control I'm curious: nowhere in that article on Gun Control does it mention Canada.  We've *always* had gun control, in one form or another.  It's never been possible for someone to walk in off the street and out with a firearm twenty minutes ... [click for more]

An Unintended Consequence of Gun Control

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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 upgraded the nation’s alert status because of credible intelligence that several financial buildings in New York City; ... [click for more]

The Bill of Rights: The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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Arguably, the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution should have been made first in the Bill of Rights because without the right to keep and bear arms, such rights as freedom of speech and freedom of the press would be treated as nothing more than meaningless “privileges” bestowed and taken away by government officials at will. The Second Amendment ... [click for more]

Gun Control: A Poor Substitute for Good Government

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Following the horrific mass murder of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, in the spring of 1999, the anti-gun Left went into overdrive to pass further restrictions on Americans’ Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Their argument was that without access to guns ... [click for more]

Better Them Than Us

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In response to soaring violent crime, Brazil has passed what some are considering one of the strongest anti-gun laws in Latin America, and Brazil’s pro-gun lobby, backed up by the powerful National Rifle Association, was powerless to stop it. Rather than mourn, however, Americans who fight against “gun control” ... [click for more]

The Doomsday Weapon

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Gun-rights advocates sometimes defend the Second Amendment in terms of the right to defend themselves from criminals and the right to hunt. Those things are, of course, important but they miss the real purpose of the right to keep and bear arms, which is to protect against tyranny imposed by federal officials. As Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski pointedly ... [click for more]

The Gun-Control Tide Is Turning

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Advocates of the right to keep and bear arms have modest reason to celebrate these days. The state of Alaska recently became the second state, after Vermont, to allow citizens to carry concealed firearms without a permit or any of the restrictive measures, such as fingerprinting or background checks, ... [click for more]

“There Was a Report of Guns and Drugs”

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On May 16 New York City police officers dressed in riot gear broke down a woman’s door and exploded a concussion grenade in her Harlem home. The woman, 57-year-old Alberta Spruill, was unarmed. She died a few hours later of a heart attack. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ... [click for more]

Gun Control Misses the Target

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In the aftermath of the Washington-area sniper killings, editorial pages and ambitious politicians alike are clamoring for more gun-control laws. This is hardly surprising, given that the professed connection between guns and crime is practically an article of faith. But what if guns really have nothing to do with violent crime? What if even the most restrictive gun-control measures dont ... [click for more]

Piling it on the Second Amendment

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Just as this year’s historic winter storm piled up snow faster than transportation officials could clear it away, so does D.C. Million Mom March president Ladd Everett aspire to pile on the nonsense regarding the Second Amendment in a February 19 Letter to the Editor of the Washington ... [click for more]
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