License to Shoot

I remember a bumper sticker from my College Republican Days: “Gun control is being able to hit your target.” Amusing to some, infuriating to others, especially in light or recent events.

Let us follow that little aphorism down to its roots. The US military does not put a rifle into the hands of a private/airman/seaman until they’ve been trained in its safe handling, care, safe storage, maintenance, and competent use. Neither does any self-respecting police force in the land.

Should standards for the common citizen be any lower than those established for public servants and sworn officers of the law?

The great missi…

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The great missing debate in contemporary politics is about the role and reach of markets. Do we want a market economy, or a market society? What role should markets play in public life and personal relations? How can we decide which goods should be bought and sold, and which should be governed by nonmarket values? Where should money’s writ not run?

Michael J. Sandel
“What Isn’t for Sale?”