Firearms Control

Archive Report

Deadly Weapons and the Public Safety

Abuse of Firearms vs. the Right to Bear Arms

Outbreaks of juvenile violence in American cities have brought fresh support for proposals to tighten public control over private ownership of firearms. The apparent ease with which young hoodlums can get guns and other lethal weapons is not the sole cause of concern. The daily newspapers record tragedy after tragedy resulting from lawful ownership of firearms—family quarrels terminated by gunshot, accidents in handling rifles or revolvers thought to be unloaded, seemingly normal individuals going suddenly berserk and firing into crowds. Reports of this kind add fuel to the demand for more stringent regulatory laws.

Agitation for new restrictive legislation almost invariably touches off protests from organizations like the National Rifle Association. These ...

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