Professor Froward's Slough of Despond

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005


Imagine if somebody wanted to repeal the Fourth Amendment on the grounds that 99.9% of Americans will never need it. What kind of sense would that make?

The anti-gun people I've known have taken the view that being attacked is so unlikely that it's silly to prepare for it: If you disarm, say, a thousand people, something like 999 of them will never have needed a gun anyway. Pro-gun people tend to see it differently: Some people, beyond any doubt, are attacked every year, and if you disarm everybody, you are disarming each and every one of the particular individuals who'll need a gun very badly.