An inalienable right to bear arms in the States: the enduring mystique of the Second Amendment » The Spectator

An inalienable right to bear arms in the States: the enduring mystique of the Second Amendment » The Spectator.

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About Doug Geivett
University Professor; PhD in philosophy; author; conference speaker. Hobbies include motorcycling, travel, kayaking, sailing.

One Response to An inalienable right to bear arms in the States: the enduring mystique of the Second Amendment » The Spectator

  1. Mark says:

    >> Yet statistics prove that, wherever they proliferate, murder and suicide rise and children are killed.

    I don’t think that is true, and the idea that counting deaths without any attempt to estimate how many lives are protected and saved by people with guns is misguided. Somewhere in the neighborhood of 10,000 kids are killed by car accidents each year, and yet we know what the benefits of car travel are so even if it never goes lower no one will complain much. But counterfactuals are impossible to prove, so people feel confident inserting their ideological preferences. The ideas that anti-gunners have are no less idealistic, or mystical if you like, than the pro-gun side. That much is clear.

    I’d recommend reading a book by John R. Lott Jr. – “More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws”

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