Saturday, January 15, 2011

For reasons that Instapundit has gone into, I agree with the Second Amendment, however the Atlantic Wire had a recent article indicating that states with greater gun control had fewer homicides. Generally, by iteration and refinement, we can make things better. The current gun restriction in relation to mental illness seems archaic to me and, were itimproved, perhaps lead to greater sensible liberality in 2nd Amendment rights. When McNaughton shot an ambassador, thinking that his country was plotting against him, there was no realistic hope that McNaughton could have become nonpsychotic. Today the situation is more like that of a domestic dispute, where hypothetical dangerousness might be temporary. What I would propose, in cases like that seen in the premurderous phase of the Virginia Tech killer or Loughner, would be perhaps a five year restriction on gun ownership or control.

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