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

By Staff

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.’
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