Opponents of the Second Amendment, inspired by other rapid changes of public opinion, are formulating new ways of framing their arguments against the ownership of firearms:
- Make gun ownership a public health issue, as with tobacco and drunk driving
- Make gun ownership morally problematic, as with the Confederate flag
- Adopt the language of “liberty,” as in civil liberty, and “rights,” as in gay rights. Freedom from guns. The right not to bear arms.
See a columnist making all of these suggestions after the jump. [Read more...]
In Europe, owning a firearm is pretty much illegal. But a huge black market has arisen in military-grade weapons, making them easily available to criminals, gang members, and terrorists. Proving the adage that if guns are outlawed, only outlaws will own guns. [Read more...]
I suspect that the Boston Marathon bombings may complicate the two big issues facing Congress right now. On gun control, I daresay that when the citizens of Boston and its environs were told to stay inside and not to open their doors to anyone other than a uniformed police officer because a terrorist is roaming around somewhere, those who owned firearms were glad they did and many of those who did not wished they did. On immigration, the bombings reminded us that the issue is not just about letting Mexican workers in and letting them stay. It also needs to be about immigrants such as the bombers and keeping them out. Do you agree that this may shift public opinion on those two issues? What other repercussions do you see?