Signs of a rift in liberal thought? One could only hope, as these encouraging words of Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinal urging citizens to arm themselves, and with Jonathan Turley of the WaPo the same day acknowledging the right to arms as an individual right.
Thomas on gun control:
After examining 51 studies on various gun-control laws, including mandatory waiting periods, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded in 2003 that there was "insufficient evidence" to say they reduced gun violence.Good on Thomas for resisting hoplophobia and more harmful feel-goodiness. Now go arm thyself, and oil and ogle.
It seems we pass laws that feel good without a lot of proof they are doing any good.
Maybe I need a good slap from Ted Kennedy, but I almost buy the National Rifle Association argument that the primary target of gun-control laws would be the people who shoot them at ranges, then lovingly oil and ogle them before safely locking them up.
As far as keeping guns away from bad guys, gun-control laws work as well as crack cocaine-control laws. My footnoted reference on this would be our crime blog.