Is the Gun Control Debate Even About the Right to Bear Arms?

| June 16, 2000

Is the Gun Control Debate Even About the Right to Bear Arms? Michael Manville, Freezerbox

The gun control debate isn't about the Second Amendment, says Michael Manville in the eclectic politics and culture webzine Freezerbox. Rather, there 'has been a shift in emphasis from the right to bear arms (a legal and philosophical question) to the need to bear arms (a pragmatic question). On the latter question, the NRA has won, and sadly, the distinction between the two questions has been lost. We can, conceivably, be satisfied with a society that has the right to bear arms. We cannot, however, be satisfied with a society where guns are needed, for the simple reason that a society whose individuals need armament is by definition not a society at all.' Go there>>

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