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A "moderate" position on gun control

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 02, 2004

Some people think that gun ownership is a good thing; others think it's bad. You can put me firmly in the pro-gun camp, but I acknowledge that some people disagree. So in the interests of finding a reasonable compromise, I suggest this solution:

  • Everyone should have the right to buy a gun, at any time, for any reason.
  • If the potential buyer can't afford the gun, the government should pay for it.
  • Teenagers should be able to buy guns without their parents' permission.
  • Anyone who interferes with someone attempting to purchase a gun should be jailed for two years.
  • There should be no waiting period, no background check, no consumer warnings, and no records kept on gun purchases.
In case you didn't notice, I have modeled this compromise position after the "moderate" approach to federal policy regarding abortion.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2004 10:17 PM ET USA

    Of course the difference is that the right to have a gun didn't come from a "penumbra" in the Constitution--it was written in clear and specific language. Interestingly the abortion penumbra is far more absolute in practice than an actual amendment to the Constitution.

  • Posted by: - Sep. 02, 2004 9:29 PM ET USA


  • Posted by: kmd - Sep. 02, 2004 3:08 PM ET USA

    The old New Jersey slogan was : New Jersey and you, perfect together. Gun control and abortion - freedom for all (unless you're on the receiving end.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Sep. 02, 2004 12:46 PM ET USA

    Substitute "slave" for "gun" and it gets even better.