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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.

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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

    Priceless!

  • 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.

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