The Illogic of Arms in America
The latest deadly school shooting, in Wisconsin, will result in agitation for the right to bear arms, not gun control. Go figure, says Alex Hannaford at The Guardian.
America's love affair with these weapons cuts across the political divide, and—though interpretation of the constitution on this point is a matter of hot and eternal dispute—the "constitutional right" to bear arms has, for many, an argument-ending inalienability. ... To my knowledge, no one is suggesting that high school students should be allowed to carry guns for protection, but this latest incident will – counter-intuitively, perhaps—bolster lobbying groups calling for the legalisation of concealed handguns on college campuses.
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