Having just proclaimed my doubts about gun restrictions on practical and individual rights grounds, I have a pointed question for those who advocated gun rights.
If you could make the world weapons free, would you?
It seems to me that you can object to gun limits on two grounds. First, practicality. That is say it won’t work. The intent of gun laws may be good , but they are unenforceable in practice, especially against people who already have no problem with breaking the law. The second is on principle alone. Even if gun laws could reduce murder and other crimes, I think I prefer the freedom to own weapons to that.
I think those who advocate for gun rights usually use arguments of practicality, but tend to feel more passionately about the first. Political success seems more likely by focusing on the impracticality of gun limits regardless of feelings on principle.
My question if answered affirmatively would make that clear. So how about it?