"Gun Control" and "Fairness"

By:  Jack Kerwick, Ph.D.
01/16/2013
       
"Gun Control" and "Fairness"

If "gun control" enthusiasts were really for fairness, then they would have to be willing to either give up their guns or make it as easy as possible for Americans to arm themselves.

If "gun control" enthusiasts were really for fairness, then they would have to be willing to either give up their guns or make it as easy as possible for Americans to arm themselves.

Superman IV: The Quest for Peace was a liberal Democrat’s fantasy. In this fourth and final installment of the film franchise launched by Richard Donner, Christopher Reeve's Man of Steel rids the planet of all of its nuclear weapons by rounding them up and launching them into the heart of the sun.  The nations of the Earth rejoice as a new era of world peace begins.

Superman thinks about nuclear weapons the way liberals think about nuclear weapons and guns: If we get rid of them both, we get rid of the death and violence of which they are the “cause.”

To President Obama and his fellow partisans who are now itching to add ever-stricter “gun control” measures to the mountain of such laws that are already on the books, I propose that we follow their logic all of the way through and aim to divest everyone of access to guns.

For years, those on the left have mocked their opponents who have insisted that it isn’t guns, but people, that “kill.” But if this is so, then not only should we seek to prevent the average law-abiding citizen from bearing arms. Police officers and secret service members, soldiers and professional bodyguards, should be prevented from doing so as well.

The heart of logic is consistency.

Yet it isn’t just formal consistency that is at stake here. There is also the issue of fairness

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Jack Kerwick, Ph.D. (photo)

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