I am not a gun person, but I don’t consider myself an enemy of gun owners or gun rights advocates.
I’m philosophically in accord with much of what the gun rights movement says, while not in sympathy with some of its manifestations, including people in public places who carry around deadly weapons as if they were fashion accessories.
I believe that:
- Self-protection is a fundamental human right.
- The Constitution gives Americans an individual right to keep and bear arms.
- Firearms have useful and legitimate purposes.
- Ownership of firearms by responsible, law-abiding people is not a social problem.
- Down through history and across many cultures, denial of the right to own weapons is a defining mark of a subjugated people. (The other is denial of the right to testify in court).
- Guns are an icon of American culture, just as swords are an icon of Japanese culture.
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