Repeal the Second Amendment

 

By Bret Stephens

I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.

From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder. “States with higher rates of gun ownership had disproportionately large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides,” noted one exhaustive 2013 study in the American Journal of Public Health.

From a personal-safety standpoint, more guns means less safety. The F.B.I. counted a total of 268 “justifiable homicides” by private citizens involving firearms in 2015; that is, felons killed in the course of committing a felony. Yet that same year, there were 489 “unintentional firearms deaths” in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Between 77 and 141 of those killed were children.

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2 Responses to Repeal the Second Amendment

  1. William Hicks October 6, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I can strip this one apart:

    1) Those States with high crime rates with guns have the most, and strongest, gun laws.

    2) In States with more guns, there is less violent crime.

    3) In the case of the 489 “unintentional firearms deaths, how about the many deaths in Chicago, with very stringent anti-gun laws, and how that compares.

    BUT, who cares about facts when you have an agenda where the government controls everything in your life and individual rights and responsibilities are ignored as irrelevant.

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  2. Citizen Reporter October 6, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Yes, it’s opposed to our editorial stance, but we wanted to present an alternative view.

    Reply

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