The ACLU makes its ‘pro-liberty case’ for further restrictions on gun ownership

The ACLU makes its ‘pro-liberty case’ for further restrictions on gun ownership

We’ve already seen plenty of wits on Twitter argue that guns should be banned because they infringe on other people’s right to life. Look, here’s one now: This has repeatedly been my point. What about *my* right to life and liberty, free from the worry of being gunned down in some public space? Are my rights not just as important? — ixxie (@ixxiebelle) July 18, 2018 Fortunately, the ACLU isn’t quite making that argument in its piece called, “A Pro-Liberty Case for Gun Restrictions.” The wide availability of guns and their misuse is leading to restrictions on Americans’ freedom, and that needs to be part of the firearms debate. https://t.co/DhEoGdVrdn To be honest, the piece is worth a read — not that we agree with it. In short, the argument goes that because guns are so widely available, and because things like mass shootings “create a pervasive sense of insecurity and anxiety that politicians and policymakers will inevitably seek to address,” Americans’ freedoms are limited by things like increased physical searches, more surveillance, more armed police at social events, and … more police shootings. Look at it this way: it’s like the kids at Parkland who complained they’d have to carry transparent backpacks when they returned to school after the mass shooting there. They had to trade privacy for an increased sense of security — and they didn’t like it and likely didn’t feel any more secure. So, are we buying the argument? Not really. Because someone else’s “pervasive […]

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