Again, the gun debate

Again, the gun debate

It’s a favorite observation around here, one uttered many years ago by Nobel laureate and free marketeer Milton Friedman: "One of the great mistakes is to judge polices and programs by their intentions rather than their results." If more people in American politics understood that, we’d get further along as a nation. Once again, a Democrat is in the White House, which he won fairly in the last contest. (When can we stop saying that? Tomorrow? Yesterday?) And once again, the gun debate is back. For its part, our friends on the right are buying out all stocks of ammo at the outdoor stores. As if the upteenth time that conservatives are voted out of the majority in D.C. means that this time the government really is coming for their guns. The all-American tradition of listening to conspiracies and believing that a cabal is intriguing to take away our rights is fully alive. And has been since before there was a U.S. government. Our friends on the left aren’t helping. This past week, on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting in Florida, the new president gave the same speech that’s been given on this subject many times. See if you can tell the difference between these statements and anything that Barack Obama or Bill Clinton said on the subject in their presidential terms: "We owe it to all those we’ve lost and to all those left behind to grieve to make a change. The time to act is now." […]

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