The Public Interest

Second thoughts about gun control

James D. Wright

Spring 1988

GUN CONTROL, it has been said, is the acid test of liberalism. All good liberals favor stricter gun controls. After all, doesn’t the United States have the most heavily armed population on earth? Are we not the world’s most violent people? Surely these facts must be causally connected. The apparently desperate need to “do something” about the vast quantity of firearms and firearms abuse is, to the good liberal, obvious.

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