A reader emails this article and says:
Probably the best piece I’ve read on the gun debate so far – takes a look at both sides.
It is a very good article on the issue of gun control and well worth a read. My favourite part is this explanation about reality for liberal panty-waists:
Like most gun owners, I understand the ethical importance of guns and cannot honestly wish for a world without them. I suspect that sentiment will shock many readers. Wouldnâ€™t any decent person wish for a world without guns? In my view, only someone who doesnâ€™t understand violence could wish for such a world. A world without guns is one in which the most aggressive men can do more or less anything they want. It is a world in which a man with a knife can rape and murder a woman in the presence of a dozen witnesses, and none will find the courage to intervene.Â
There have been cases of prison guards (who generally do not carry guns) helplessly standing by as one of their own was stabbed to death by a lone prisoner armed with an improvised blade. The hesitation of bystanders in these situations makes perfect senseâ€”and â€śdiffusion of responsibilityâ€ť has little to do with it. The fantasies of many martial artists aside, to go unarmed against a person with a knife is to put oneself inÂ very real peril, regardless of oneâ€™s training. The same can be said of attacks involving multiple assailants. A world without guns is a world in which no man, not even a member of Seal Team Six, can reasonably expect to prevail over more than one determined attacker at a time. A world without guns, therefore, is one in which the advantages of youth, size, strength, aggression, and sheer numbers are almost always decisive. Who could be nostalgic for such a world?