Guns Ownership and Human Rights
David B. Kopel
Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law
Joanne D. Eisen
The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 1-13, 2003
Responding to an article in the previous issue, this Article suggests that gun prohibition has often been harmful to human rights. We examine Jamaica, Bougainville, Karamoja (Uganda), and East Timor to detail the futility of attempts to prohibits, and to detail how such attempted prohibitions harm other human rights. The article also notes that, while gun control does not itself cause genocide, almost all genocides have been preceded by sustained efforts to disarm the victim populations.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 11
Keywords: Human rights, genocide, firearms, small arms & light weapons, Jamaica, Bougainville, Karamoja, Uganda, East Timor
JEL Classification: K14, K42Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: June 16, 2005
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