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Redemption Accomplished and Applied
Redemption Accomplished and Applied
by John Murray

Wednesday, June 13, 2001
My point is that reacting to tragedy by calling for restriction of personal freedom will not improve school safety, and is in fact foolish and dangerous. The only positive result of stricter gun control is to make people feel better about themselves – they can say, “we did something about it.” The downside, however, is that people lose the capacity for self-defense, a strong deterrent to violent crime is eliminated, and personal liberty is infringed. Some school shootings have been stopped by armed citizens (NR) – how many more lives might be saved if every student knew that any of their teachers might be carrying a gun?

I think that arguing for weapons restrictions in the wake of a tragedy is at best an unexamined emotional response, and at worst a political exploitation and an intentional endangering of citizens.

Is the call to ban knives after a school knifing really any different than the cries for stricter gun control that came out of the White House after every school shooting over the last eight years?

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