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Second Amendment Symposium

With the shock of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings still reverberating, TAC today presents a symposium of views on the limits to the right to keep and bear arms. Zack Beauchamp of ThinkProgress.org makes [1] a progressive appeal to conservatives for gun control, while Jack Hunter argues [2] that firearms prohibition is as irrational as liberals see the death penalty as being. Alan Jacobs, meanwhile, considers [3] the issue in light of the Christmas season and the moral demands of Christianity. We also re-present Brian Doherty’s review [4] of Living With Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment [5], a piece that went to press before the Newtown massacre.

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#1 Comment By Brendan Doran On December 27, 2012 @ 9:19 am

Begin by recognizing all Prog proposals are about POWER. Ask them what POWER they want and over who.

For every Prog question is really about that.

#2 Comment By Suburban On December 27, 2012 @ 5:57 pm

The Senate will pass some histrionic nonsense which will be opposed in the House. The President doesn’t really want to sign anything and probably won’t have to. As for the people, in due course the current hysteria will pass and the Second Amendment will remain intact.

#3 Comment By R. D. Lackey On December 27, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

@Suburban – “The Senate will pass some histrionic nonsense”

+1. I predict it will be called something like “Defending Gun Ownership Rights By Keeping Assault Weapons Out of the Hands of Child-Killers Act”.

Curious how the names of recent legislative bills resemble the Orwellian phrasings one heard from commies on Radio Peking in decades past. Always carefully and reverently invoking what they are designed to destroy. In that respect the “Patriot Act” has no peer.

#4 Comment By William Leach On December 28, 2012 @ 6:01 pm

I hope that the debate can move away from a statutory rights issue about gun ownership to a discussion about the natural right of self defense.

#5 Comment By atthewall On December 29, 2012 @ 4:33 pm

No assault weapon owner in the United States has ever used a semi-automatic weapon with a 30 round magazine to successfully defend themselves or their family against attack, while weapons of this type and capability have repeatedly been used to attack innocent Americans. Why again should they be virtually unregulated?