Gun Control is one of the most emotional, polar, and dynamic public policy issues today. Not only divided by incompatible principles, the debate is characterized by implausible disagreements on facts as well.
Much has been written for and against gun control. Even more has been shouted, screamed and spat. I don't know if I can add anything, but I'll try to sum up in as rational a fashion as I can.
What is it about guns that drives people to one extreme or the other?
Could it be that compromise is worse than either extreme?
Guns are so unpleasant; if we wish hard enough, maybe they'll go away.
Do guns cause crime, or does crime cause guns?
What are the connections between living in a free country and having widespread civilian gun ownership? Do guns cause liberty, or does liberty demand guns, or both?
People ask both incisive and moronic questions. I will deal with both
kinds here. Feel free to send me fodder.