No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms.
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For educational use only. The printed edition remains canonical. For citational use please obtain a back issue from William S. Introduction This Essay is a distillation of two speeches.
The common theme of my two speeches is the apparent disregard by gun control more correctly, gun prohibition advocates of civil liberties and civil rights issues, the largely adverse criminological research conclusions, and Second Amendment constitutional scholarship.
Thus, both my speeches stressed the remarkable discrepancy between scholarship whether social scientific or constitutional and the "accepted wisdom" that disarming ordinary, law abiding, and responsible citizens is both desirable and constitutional.
It is less about criminology than about ideology and morality. But, this broad popular support is based on a desire to mitigate the social harms associated with firearms.
Such pragmatic concerns are largely tangential to the cultural and moral concerns that motivate the anti-gun movement of organizations like Handgun Control, Inc.
They seek laws to affirm symbolically their moral vision while simultaneously rejecting and condemning the contrary moral vision of gun owners. A law banning defensive gun ownership will inculcate their views that: Professor Gary Kleck's Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America.
As a social scientist, Ross commends Kleck's meticulous clarification of the p. Thus, Ross does not deny though neither does he dwell on the fact that handguns save far more innocent lives than criminals misusing them take each year.
However, Ross asserts that "despite the masses of data and the cleverness of his analysis and argument, Kleck has missed the point. The social order is seen to rest adequately on masses of potential victims using the threat of gun violence to deter masses of potential armed criminals. But Ross' remarks show that this argument means less than otherwise appears.
For, when it turns out that it is defensive gun ownership that saves lives, it also turns out that saving lives is not "worth it"--at least not to Ross who is very candid about this observation. Ross approvingly notes that the tragic "fate of James Brady" provided the "impetus for attempts at broader gun control.
My point is to show that the willingness to sacrifice what the anti-gun movement is ostensibly seeking to preserve explains the anti-gun ideology's disregard for criminological and historical facts, as well as civil liberties issues. The Second Amendment  My position here, like that of virtually every other scholar who has recently addressed the issues, discomfits both extremes in the gun debate.
Let me begin with the common denial by anti-gun advocates that the right to arms applies to individuals. They claim that the Second Amendment only guarantees states the right to armed militias.Why should gun owners concern themselves with the United Nations? After all, what jurisdiction do U.N.
bureaucrats have for sticking their nose into the U.S. gun control debate since the United States Constitution gives no authority of any kind to the U.N?
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