A Few Simple Ideas About Gun Control

ZORIN DENU / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

ZORIN DENU / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

Adam Gopnik writes about guns in Canada, a country that has just as many guns per capita as the US, yet only a fraction of the gun violence and accidental deaths.

What we can learn from Canada is how to legislate common sense without violating anyone’s liberty—unless you imagine that anyone’s liberty depends on having as many weapons as he wants whenever he wants them. Perhaps no existing gun law could have been explicitly designed to stop the shotgun killer of the Navy Yard. But to repeat the central truth of modern criminology: building low barriers against violent crime has a disproportionate effect in ending it.

via A Few Simple Ideas About Gun Control : The New Yorker.

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