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Reed: Are Guns the Problem?

JANUARY 14, 2013 by THE FREEMAN

In case you missed it, FEE president Lawrence Reed has written an excellent column in which he asks, "Are Guns the Problem?"  

The challenge is to express love and concern about these things without allowing hyped emotions, rhetorical window-dressing or futile “quick fixes” to rule the day. Political jockeying to prove who is most outraged by violence must not overwhelm facts, logic and experience.

One superficial but popular reaction to school shootings is summarized this way: “Guns are bad; more laws are good.” The facts are more complicated. Guns are not bad when they are not misused, not accessible to people who misuse them, and used harmlessly in sport or recreation. They are good when they thwart crime. Laws are not good when they injure the rights, property, or lives of the innocent; when they are ineffective or unenforceable; or when they act as cheap political substitutes for a problem’s real cure.

Read the whole article at Times-Herald.com.

 

 

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